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Best practices, key information and safe excavation strategies from Dial Before You Dig.

Opening DWF plans

Excavators might have problems opening and viewing Telstra DWF files, especially while out in the field environment. Usually Telstra plans will be provided in a pdf format, however all requests over approximately 350m or in congested CBD areas can only be supplied in DWF format. Telstra also include instructions on how to open DWF files in their Duty of Care statement accompanying their plans.

New Best Practice Guides

The new and improved Best Practice Guide is now available and covers topics such as general information about the Dial Before You Dig service, the 5P’s of safe excavation, DBYD certified locators, potholing and AS 5488.

Standard Colours for Marking of Underground Assets

The Australian Standard AS 5488 provides a framework for the consistent classification of information relating to underground utilities. It aims to ensure that more accurate information is available on the location and type of subsurface utilities.

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