The Design Stage/Planning Information Request is beneficial for architects, engineers and others who are in the design or planning stage of a project and excavation is not intended in the immediate future.
When a caller indicates they are in the planning or design stage of the project, the information will be processed and they will be sent a list of affected member engineering contacts via fax or e-mail. It is then the responsibility of the individual making the request to contact each facility owner.
Member facility owners should respond to a valid design stage request within 10 working days upon notification by the designer in one of three ways:
- Provide drawings/prints of the location of the facility owner’s underground facilities at the proposed site.
- Show the location of the facility owner’s underground facilities on a drawing provided by the designer.
- Locate and mark the facility owner’s underground facilities at the proposed job site.
Designers should make reasonable efforts to prepare construction drawings which minimize interference with existing and proposed utility facilities in the construction area and follow the guidelines set forth in CI-ASCE 38-02 and depict on all appropriate documents the position and type of all known underground utility facilities obtained in the design stage process and a valid design stage request number. Some member facility owners may charge a fee for these services.
For information on the advantages of the Design Stage request, check out this short video featuring JULIE Damage Prevention Manager, David Van Wy and guest speaker, Daniel Rest of HBK Engineering.