GIS: The Backbone of a One-Call System

GIS: The Backbone of a One-Call System

By Meaghan Feeney, GIS Specialist, and Bill Berzins, Director of IT/GIS, Tennessee 811  How we use GIS as a one-call system: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system that analyzes and displays geographically referenced information. We use GIS to...
Good Locates Start with Good Maps

Good Locates Start with Good Maps

By Jason Kouba Damage Prevention Liaison Tennessee811 What is the importance of mapping when it comes to locating underground utilities? You’ve heard it a million times within the industry, “If I had x-ray vision I would never mis-mark a line.” Unfortunately, we have...
Surveying and Locating in One

Surveying and Locating in One

Vivax-Metrotech Finds Success With Unique Tool By Michael Downes 811 Magazines Launching a new product is always a challenge but doing so just a month into a global pandemic takes serous bravery. But for one company, the result is revolutionizing the locating and...
What’s the Difference Between GIS and Mapping?

What’s the Difference Between GIS and Mapping?

By Roger Cox President, ACTS Now, Inc. And if there is a difference, whose fault is it that many of us in the field don’t really know the difference? It can’t be JUST our fault. As excavators and locators, what we know about such things are, for the most part, what...
MVP: Donny Whittaker

MVP: Donny Whittaker

By Jason Fryer Damage Prevention Liaison Tennessee811 Before I tell you about our next Damage Prevention MVP, I want to stress the word passion. Merriam-Webster defines passion as a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. To...