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AS 5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information

Graham Marshall - Thursday, June 20, 2013
Standards Australia has announced the launch of a new Australian Standard which will – for the first time – outline a consistent approach towards the classification of information relating to subsurface utilities. 

At present the existence and location of subsurface utilities can be difficult to establish and verify, which is the problem this standard seeks to address. 

AS 5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information is intended to improve public safety, reduce costly property damage, and provide more accurate information on the location and type of subsurface utilities than in the past. 

Australian utility owners, operators and locators should welcome the Australian Standard which sets a new benchmark for subsurface utility information management. 

The new Standard provides a framework for the consistent classification of information concerning subsurface utilities. 

The standard also provides guidance on how subsurface utility information may be obtained, and how that information should be conveyed to users.

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