C.R. Kennedy Awarded Contract For Comdain

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Updated: August 23, 2019

C.R. Kennedy Survey has been awarded a contract for the supply and maintenance of more than 50 advanced utility locating systems for Comdain, valued at several hundred thousand dollars.

The vLoc3 Pro advanced utility locator by Vivax-Metrotech will assist Comdain to carry out their utility detection work with the highest level of reliability and precision, and in full compliance with the latest requirements stipulated by asset owners and Dial-Before-You-Dig (DBYD) Australia

Released less than a year ago, the vLoc3 utility locator is the most modern and advanced utility locator currently available in the market. Besides all standard utility locating functionality, the vLoc3 features – as a world’s first for this type of equipment – two sets of screened 3D antennas that allow signal distortion to be easily detected and displayed on the bright full colour display.

Most beneficial are the also new and highly intuitive visualisation modes, such as the Transverse Graph that shows both a graph of peak and null simultaneously providing immediate measurement of signal distortion, and the Vector Locate that shows orientation, line position, and distance relative to the locator in 3D. The system is also capable of logging your results and reports all details via its cloud-based mobile application, VMMAP, which allows customers to remotely and in real-time monitor and quality-check field work.

C.R. Kennedy was awarded the contract after Comdain carried out an extensive evaluation process involving more than a half a dozen bidders and products, including live testing of the technology. Jason Holden, HSEQ Coordinator at Comdain stated, “As a leading service provider in the infrastructure space, it was of utmost importance to our organisation to equip our field force with the best tools and knowledge to allow us to work towards our Zero Harm goal. Having undergone a six-month evaluation of all leading brands and providers in the market place, we have found the vLoc3 Pro by Vivax-Metrotech to be the most suitable and future proof product. Equally important to us was the support given by the supplier, which we believe we have found in C.R. Kennedy who is a national supplier of survey equipment with offices and repair facilities nation-wide.”

Maurice Borer, C.R. Kennedy’s National Product Manager for Detection and GIS Mapping System, stated, “This contract award reaffirms C.R. Kennedy’s technology leadership in providing the most advanced underground detection systems available today for safety, management and automation of underground detection and mapping tasks. We are extremely pleased that Comdain decided to roll out the vLoc3

Pro across its entire Victorian operation. Our combination of best of breed technology, specialist in-house consulting expertise, and repair facilities will deliver Comdain with superior performance along with sustained economic benefits.”

Greg MacMahon, Regional Sales Manager of Vivax-Metrotech Australia, stated, “We are pleased to be working with the C.R. Kennedy team on this project. Vivax-Metrotech have spent many years finalising this very exciting new way of locating underground services. Being able to see the underground world  in 3D has revolutionised the process. The ability of the vLoc3 to be able to show an operator onscreen that they have distortion has assisted in reducing the chances of an operator missing this important fact. Simple colour coding shows the operator that they have ‘little or no distortion, medium distortion or heavy distortion’ whilst in the standard locate screen.”