Performing a Locate

From ProStar Geocorp

This section covers the process of collecting and registering data related to utility and pipeline infrastructure using PointMan. The process includes: Identifying the ticket, driving to the dig site, confirming that the excavation meets the One Call Ticket requirements, performing the locate, documenting the locate with an electronic form containing the locate details, photographs, sketches and notes, and emailing the form to the recipient(s).

 

Perform the Locate

  1. Log into PointMan using your User Name and Password. 
  2. Determine the ticket location as identified in the One Call ticket.
    • Search for the one call ticket using the Search functions.
    • Once you locate the One Call Ticket, tap MapIt. You will see the One Call ticket highlighted on the map. 
  3. Drive to the site. 
  4. Confirm the ground disturbance details with the contractor. 
  5. Set up the transmitter and perform the initial physical locate (with mark-outs) to ensure that the layout is understood. 
  6. Ensure that the GPS unit and locate tool are connected via Bluetooth to the mobile device. 
  7. Open PointMan and select the ticket boundary so that it is highlighted and then select Folder.
    • Decide which feature to record first, and then access the System/Component menu to initiate the registration of that feature.
    • Selecting the New menu item at the top of the screen in PointMan gives the user access to the New Place Mark dialogue box. 
      This dialog box contains all of the objects that can be created and are organized by System (generally the type of product carried by the system) and the major components and objects that you wish to associate with that feature. The Systems available are selected from the drop-down list in the New Place Mark dialogue box. Each system has a color code associated with it automatically so that when the object is logged, it is displayed in the correct color designation. Selecting a System filters the list of Components available so that only those appropriate for that particular system are available for selection. In addition, each component and/or object is automatically associated to its geometric shape (point, line, polygon). 
  8. Log the position of the first oil line in the one call ticket area:
    • Select New
    • Select Oil (or Gas) as the System and Line as the Component
    • Select OK 
      The system responds with “Obtaining GPS fix” and a short section of line appears on the map with a blinking cursor at one end. Ensure that the GPS and Locate Tool indicators are both visible in the upper right of the display. The GPS will show the current accuracy and the Locate tool should say “on”. 
  9. Log the start point of the line:
    • Move to the start point of the pipeline and trigger the logging of the point from the locate tool by taking a depth reading. A “plink” will be heard from the tablet confirming that the data has been collected. 
      The system records the start point of the line and moves the endpoint to your current location. 
  10. Continue walking the line, and record the next point on the line:
    • Move to the next point on the line and again trigger the logging of the point from the locate tool by taking a depth reading. Repeat until the end of the line is logged and select Close in the PointMan menu. 
      The system records the located segment of oil pipeline in the system. 
  11. Log the position of the next oil line in the one call ticket area:
    • Select New
    • Select Oil (or Gas) as the System and Line as the Component
    • Select OK 
      The system responds with “Obtaining GPS fix” and a short section of line appears on the map with a blinking cursor at one end. 
  12. Log the Start point of the line.
    • Move to the start point of the pipeline and trigger the logging of the point from the locate tool. The system records the start point of the line and moves the endpoint to your current location.
    • Record the next point on the line.
    • Move to the next point on the line and log the point from the locate tool. Repeat until the end of the line is logged and select Close in the PointMan menu.
    • Note: The system records the located segment of oil pipeline in the system and the object appears in the Drop Tools folder.