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OKIE811 Changes “Survey” Requests

Thursday, September 24, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
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It has been well documented that some surveyors have varying degree of success when requesting utility locates from Oklahoma One Call System, Inc (OKIE811). We also know that the issue is with the sub-contractor actually marking the utilities, not with OKIE811.

Jerry West, from OKIE811 attended the OSLS Annual Convention earlier this year and took a lot of input from the OSLS membership as to what was happening with regard to survey locate requests. Jerry took those concerns, along with concerns from Engineers in the State back to the OKIE811 Board and Operating Committee and they have made some changes in order to hopefully alleviate the problem.

The OKIE811 Operating Board released the following announcement

Effective October 1, the work type of “Survey” will be removed from our locate request system. For those that need lines located for planning projects, instead of “Survey” as your work type, you will need to specify the type of excavation that is being planned.  For example, if you are requesting lines be located so you can decide where to install sewer lines, then you will specify "sewer" as your work type.  If you’re unsure about the work type, then specify "Other”.

By no longer having a “work type” called “Survey”, the utility locate sub-contractor will not be able to place those requests on a lower priority as they have been doing in the past.

The type of request will now solely be based on the type of work you are doing or planning. Some of the work types that you will likely now be using are (only a partial list)

·        Drainage

·        Sewer

·        Water

·        New Construction

·        Road Construction

·        Other

List of Utility Companies Only

The process for obtaining a list of subscribing utility companies without having them marked has not changed. On the OKIE811 website ( Click on “Excavators” then “Types of Utility Locates” or Click this direct link At the bottom of that page there is a section called “Design Work – List of Companies Only

Fill in the information requested and submit the request. The legal description only needs to include the ¼ Section, Section, Township and Range (not the entire legal description)

OKIE811 also has a really nice mobile app for both Android or iPhone devices. It can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store or the Google play Store by searching OKIE811


Mark A. Ritchie says...
Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015
This system is working well for me.

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