PLH GROUP NEWS
GIS Maps Pathways to Safety
Date: April 13, 2020
If you think cartography is a skill of the past, then think again. Geographic information systems (GIS) professionals are a necessary asset to teams throughout many industries. In the energy construction industry, GIS work not only provides reliability and certainty, but also improves the overall safety of projects for workers and surrounding communities. PLH Group strongly relies on GIS’s visual representation of data to provide clients with accuracy, precision, and safety assurance.
As a leading energy-focused contractor, PLH Group has built a comprehensive team of 11 entities throughout North America that specializes in power line construction, pipeline construction, and specialty contracting for the electric power line, pipeline, oil field electrical, and industrial markets. PLH Group, which is a full-service contractor, must ensure absolute precision and safety throughout the duration of each project. GIS is fundamental to that assurance.
GIS is more than just map making. In fact, PLH Group companies use and interpret GIS data throughout their array of offerings, from Southeast Directional Drilling’s precise directional drilling projects to Air2’s reliable emergency response services. The modern-day application of GIS integrates and organizes the project’s surface and subsurface data not only in the planning phase of projects, but throughout the life of the project as more data is logged and realized. This provides workers a visual and interactive representation of the data, as well as equips decision-makers with situational awareness needed to make well-informed and appropriate decisions focused on quality and safety.
GIS is also crucial when responding to emergencies. PLH Group companies Air2, Auger Services, Edison Power Constructors, Power Line Services, R.B. Hinkle Construction, SUN-ELECTRIC, and TESSCO Energy Services are poised to respond when disaster strikes. In addition to ensuring safe operations during these situations, GIS has been used to identify and locate key structures (such as hospitals, fire departments, and police stations), areas of threat or emergency, and safe evacuation routes.
PLH Group and its 11 entities base their planning, preparation, and operations on quality and safety, making intentional decisions that benefit the client, surrounding communities, and the environment. Modern day cartography – known as GIS — is an important tool PLH Group uses to continually enhance their already industry-leading reputation. So the next time you use a map, think about the capabilities that cartography enables and enhances throughout the world around you.