JULIE Large Project Process/LPRJ Information Portal

JULIE created a Task Force to develop a method to increase communication among members when there is a large project that may result in increased workload for members’ utility locators.  The team was tasked with creating a definition for large projects and creating a process for early notification and ongoing communication so all members can better forecast for needed resources and be informed about the extent of work planned within realistic timeframes.

The Large Project Task Force has created a plan that was piloted during a fiber build out in west central Illinois last year.  The process is being implemented as a pilot program for all JULIE utility members in 2022 with the introduction of the LPRJ dashboard and information portal.

What is a Large Project?

Working Definition: A Large Project is a single excavation occurring over a long period or consisting of a large/complex area.  It may also be a series of repetitive, related-scope, short-term excavations.  Large projects have a significant impact on existing underground utility facility owners.

To learn more about conditions/specific criteria and examples for Large Project, click here.

What is a Large Project (LPRJ) Dashboard?

The LPRJ Dashboard is for informational purposes only.  The map information comes from project owners (or their agent) to allow existing underground utility facility owners and operators to view proposed large excavation projects within their underground utility facility notification area.  LPRJs will contain geographic mapping, place information for the project, approximate planned start time/project duration, project details and contacts.

They do not require any response from your company locator or staff.  

How does it work?

The Large Project Process includes several steps starting with submitting projects to the LPRJ information portal at least 90 days prior to when excavation is planned to begin.

Other steps include Planning/Design Stage Notifications or Joint Meet Notifications, Progress Meetings, and Project Completion. Click here for details about the Large Project Process.

How to submit information for an LPRJ into the portal during the Pilot Phase?

During the Pilot Phase, we will train participants to enter projects directly into the LPRJ submission portal.  If you are interested in entering details for your upcoming projects, contact a JULIE Damage Prevention Manager for assistance.

How to learn more?

  1. Submitted Large Projects can be viewed on the LPRJ Dashboard.
  2. Contact a JULIE Damage Prevention Manager for training or more information.
  3. View the webinar on how to use the LPRJ Dashboard.
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