In the field, locate technicians are frequently called upon to be part physicist, part electrical engineer and part damage prevention expert in complex electromagnetic environments and high-demand ticket situations. Each year, enormous resources are invested into ensuring on-site field techs are ready and capable for this responsibility.
However, regardless of the amount of hours spent in training, it is impossible to know whether or not a field tech has truly grasped the ‘craft’ of locating and what represents a ‘good locate’ vs. an uncertain situation. It is often not known if this is the case until it’s too late and an asset is damaged.
The industry desperately lacks an asset-safe environment where field techs can directly interact, observe and understand how to navigate these complex, real-world locate situations.
Particularly, an immersive environment is needed where the high degree of training, skill, experience and attention to detail that is required for a successful locate operation can be taught, reinforced and evaluated.