Understanding and Dealing with Underground Utility Signs


Giannetti Contracting

Giannetti Contracting
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Giannetti Contracting, Corp. is a family owned, Pompano Beach, Florida-based underground utility construction services provider with nearly six decades of industry experience. Giannetti Contracting excels in various areas of underground utility support, including directional drilling and jet sewer installations.

Underground utilities are signaled using a variety of signs and warning markers. Cable markers may be designated by a generalized warning marker, which often read Buried Cable Call Before You Dig or something similar, followed by a relevant phone number. Other signs may be more specific in regards to the utilities that have been buried, such as advisories regarding high pressure pipelines and gas utilities, sensitive petroleum pipelines, and water and sewer pipelines.

Individuals posting warning signs for buried cables and utilities should make sure that their markers are concisely worded and in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Any private citizen or commercial contractor that encounters a marker indicating underground utilities should should phone the relevant authorities prior to digging or beginning any construction projects in the area.

An Introduction to Directional Drilling

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Directional Drilling
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Located Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corporation is a family-owned construction company first established in Detroit, Michigan, more than 50 years ago. The Giannetti Contracting team is best known for its underground utilities work, as well as its excavating and grading project support services.

To save its clients time and money and cause as little disruption to surrounding areas as possible, Gianetti uses advanced directional drilling equipment and techniques. A process that has been instrumental in the expansion of the oil and gas industry for nearly a century, directional drilling involves the ability to maintain precise control of the direction of a single bore hole as it moves through the ground to a specific location underground.

Advances in directional drilling technology have allowed operators to optimize the installation of underground utility lines, ranging from electric power lines to reclaimed water and irrigation lines, by opening up the opportunity to drill at virtually any angle, rather than just vertically. Directional drilling also has helped minimize the environmental impact of various underground utility projects.