Pipe Location

Location of pipe assets

Our pipe network was introduced in 2017 and it is easy to forget where pipe was laid. It is critical that you, your staff and contractors know where AIC’s pipe is buried and you maintain a safe offset distance when working at depth within the vicinity of any scheme pipework.

A damage repair job on larger GRP pipe will cost well into the tens of thousands of dollars and these costs would need to be recovered by AIC. Taking into account time to drain lines, repair and refill pipes, it would likely take a week or more. If this coincided with high water demand the downtime would have a heavy impact on potentially many farms.

To date AIC has relied on the installation of pipe markers and a free location service to minimise the risk. Maps will be supplied to each property as the easement process progresses, however in the meantime we want to ensure sufficient information is available to everyone.

We are also making available a map file (https://amuriirrigation.egnyte.com/dl/DmztejW2Xt) compatible with Google Earth that shows the as-built alignments of the installed pipelines. If you do not already use Google Earth, it can be downloaded at https://www.google.com/earth/versions/

Google Earth Guide

 

Please note the while the pipe alignments are survey accurate, the aerial photography information in Google Earth can be out by a few metres. The accuracy of a cellphone’s GPS receiver may also be out by a few metres. For these reasons, if you need to know the exact location of an AIC pipeline, one of our staff can more accurately locate and mark the pipe alignment with our survey equipment.

At this stage the file only covers all pipelines to the offtakes. At some individual pumps station sites there will be pipe between the offtake and the pump station which is not shown nor is underground power to AIC pump stations. We plan to add these services to the file in future.

 

B4 U Dig

AIC has recently signed up to beforeUdig (www.beforeudig.co.nz), an online system that is commonly used by contractors to obtain information on the location of cables, pipes and other utility assets in and around any proposed dig site.

 

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