No-Dig Down Under extends utility location Call for Papers

No-Dig Down Under has extended a Call for Papers for the event’s dedicated utility location stream.

Those seeking additional time or last-minute approvals now have a second and final opportunity to submit abstracts for this specialised conference stream.

The Call for Papers is open until Friday 24 May; speakers will be notified of their acceptance by 31 May 2019.

Click here to submit an abstract.

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstract submissions must be made in electronic format using the online portal.

It should outline in 250 words or less the aims, contents and conclusions of the paper; this does not include the title and author details.

Topics of interest

While not limited to the following topics, these serve as suggestions for any authors intending to submit an abstract for the event.

Topics include:

  • best practices
  • utility locating in difficult conditions
  • updated AS 5488
  • health and safety in utility locating
  • a locator’s role in improving data
  • GPR – uses and limitations
  • utility locator certification
  • recording and reporting damages
  • locator training
  • mapping utilities
  • EMF and other locating techniques
  • vacuum excavation
  • the impact of future technology – drones or augmented reality
  • learning from mistakes.

The stream is being produced as part of a partnership between No-Dig Down Under 2019 and the National Utility Locating Contractors Association (NULCA), which represents professional underground utility locating industry in Australia.

Speaking on the agreement, NULCA President Ian Lambert said, “This year NULCA has decided to formally partner with Great Southern Press and ASTT to produce a specialised two-day utility location and damage prevention conference stream that will be held as part of the larger No-Dig Down Under conference program.

“We are delighted to be working together and believe this will be a highly valuable event for NULCA members and utility location professionals to attend.”

To receive regular updates on the event, or to register your interest to attend, please contact

For further information the No-Dig Down Under website.

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