Utility locator working to Australian Standard AS5488

What is Australian Standard AS5488?

Australian Standard AS5488 is a crucial guideline that plays a significant role in the field of asset management and infrastructure planning in Australia. Developed by Standards Australia, AS5488 provides a standardised approach to the classification and management of subsurface utility information.

AS 5488 – Classification of Subsurface Utility Information (SUI)

This standard serves as a comprehensive framework for identifying, recording, and managing underground utilities such as water pipes, gas lines, electrical cables, and telecommunication networks. It aims to minimise the risks associated with excavation works by ensuring accurate and up-to-date information about subsurface utilities is readily available.

Outlines Processes & Procedures

AS5488 outlines the processes and procedures for collecting data on underground assets, including their location, type, condition, and other relevant attributes. It establishes consistent terminology and classification systems to facilitate effective communication between stakeholders involved in infrastructure projects.

Enhances Safety &  Minimises Accidental Damage

By adhering to Australian Standard AS5488, organisations can enhance safety measures during construction activities while reducing the likelihood of accidental damage to vital utility services. This standard promotes better coordination among utility providers, contractors, engineers, surveyors, and other professionals involved in asset management.

Who Prepared Australian Standard AS54881:2022?

It was prepared by Committee IT-036 and approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 14 June 2022.

The following are represented on Committee IT-036:

  • Australian Industry Group
  • Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors
  • Austroads
  • Energy Networks Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Geospatial Information & Technology Association
  • National Utility Locating Contractors Association
  • NSW Department of Customer Service — Spatial Services
  • Roads Australia
  • Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Water Services Association of Australia

In Summary

Australian Standard AS5488 serves as an essential tool for promoting efficient infrastructure planning and asset management practices across Australia. Its implementation ensures that subsurface utility information is accurately documented and shared among relevant parties to mitigate risks associated with excavation works.

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