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.

S.P.A.C.E. School Helps Nigerian Children in Need


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Saint Philemon Academic Center for Excellence
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Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting is a third generation company that has grown to take on multimillion dollar construction projects in the public and private sectors. Specializing in underground utilities and excavation, Giannetti Contracting has constructed water and sewage systems for neighborhoods and cities to accommodate thousands of residents. In the past, Giannetti Contracting has also sponsored a golf tournament benefiting the S.P.A.C.E. Scholars.

Located in Ogoli-Ipangbo, Nigeria, the Saint Philemon Academic Center for Excellence (S.P.A.C.E.) helps educate 200 children and provide guidance and support to its teachers and volunteers. Funded through Healing Hearts Outreach in Michigan, S.P.A.C.E. students learn basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and are also taught English as a second language.

S.P.A.C.E. facilitates a Student Sponsorship Program in which a $50 donation can provide resources to a child receiving an education. In return, the donor will receive a photo, name, grade, and contact information of the person they are sponsoring, enabling them to keep in touch.

Gravity Sewer Systems Explained

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A multi-million dollar construction company based Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting provides underground utility installation services. The expertise of Giannetti Contracting in this area includes constructing gravity sewer systems.

A gravity sewer system uses gravity to gather wastewater from various sources to a central location, such as an area where it is legal to discharge wastewater or a treatment facility. Wastewater from each source (including residential homes and other buildings) goes to a network of sewer pipelines which become larger in diameter as the volume water of being transported becomes greater.

The pipes in the sewer pipeline network must have enough slope to keep suspended solids moving through the system. If there is not enough gravity flow throughout the system, lift stations are installed at lower portions of the network to pump the wastewater to a higher gravity pipeline. For maintenance purposes, manholes are installed at specific intervals along the pipeline network to provide access.

Well-designed and built gravity sewers are a reliable and feasible means of transporting wastewater. But in most instances the topography is far from ideal, requiring extensive excavation and lift stations for the gravity system to work. This makes construction expensive, hence, there must be adequate population density to justify the costs.

The Benefits of Directional Drilling

Giannetti Contracting

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A family-owned-and-operated business based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corp. has worked on large underground utility installation projects in both private- and public-sector construction. By using directional drilling technology, Giannetti Contracting is able to avoid causing damage to local landscapes and nature zones, while also offering the many other benefits of directional drilling.

For project stakeholders, the savings inherent in directional drilling can be extensive. Excavation and shoring costs are reduced substantially, as are restoration costs upon completion of the work. Less needs to be spent on ensuring the work blends with the surrounding environment, due to the less-intrusive nature of the drilling operation when compared to traditional methods.

Further, directional drilling offers increased flexibility, as it allows for pipes to be installed in larger areas that need to avoid surface disruption, such as parks, roads, and golf courses. It also allows for quicker install times when compared to the traditional trenching method, and can be scaled to suit residential jobs up to large-scale industrial projects.

Municipal Infrastructure – Sanitary versus Storm Sewers

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storm sewer


A construction firm with extensive water and sewer improvement experience, Giannetti Contracting Corporation serves clients from its offices in Southeast Michigan and South Florida. A family-owned underground utility construction firm, Giannetti Contracting has been in the business since 1958.

When people think of a sewer system, they tend to picture a common network of pipes that channel wastewater away from homes and businesses. In fact, sewers fall into two very different categories, and we encounter both on a regular basis.

One type is called a storm sewer. It’s specially designed to take in runoff from rainfall and carry it to natural bodies like rivers. Sanitary sewers, the second type, exist specifically for the disposal of sewage. Sanitary sewer pipes shuttle human waste to plants that treat wastewater until it’s safe to release back into the environment.

Knowing the difference between these two types of municipal infrastructure makes clear the dangers inherent in disposing of hazardous chemicals or sewage in storm drains. By doing so, people introduce harmful waste products directly into the environment, because storm drains do not lead to water treatment plants.

Directional Drilling Equipment a Key Component of Company Results


Giannetti Contracting


A third-generation, family-owned business, Giannetti Contracting Corporation leads and executes million dollar governmental, public- and private-sector construction, and infrastructure projects. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corporation guides the projects from beginning to end, from breaking ground and inserting utilities, to paving the foundation and more.

There are various aspects of underground utility installation. One major component of this demanding specialization is the installation of pipes across an open field. Tools used to complete this and other related jobs are referred to as directional drilling equipment. The latest in advanced technology in the construction industry, directional drilling equipment, operated by skilled, experienced professionals, helps to ensure the pipes are placed correctly each time.

With the accuracy of the equipment, the obstacles surrounding the construction site location, such as any landscaping, paved surfaces, or wooded areas are left untouched and unharmed. Additional benefits of using the directional drilling equipment include a savings of money and time, as the machinery allows the tasks to be completed quickly and efficiently.

Construction Angels Benefits from Giannetti Golf Tournament

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Construction Angels
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Since 2013, Giannetti Contracting Corporation has held an annual golf tournament to benefit the community. Every year, the proceeds from the annual event go to a different local nonprofit organization. In 2016, Giannetti Contracting selected the Construction Angels as the tournament’s beneficiary.

When a construction worker is fatally injured on the job, Construction Angels, a nonprofit organization, provides financial assistance to the deceased worker’s children and surviving spouse. With offices in Florida, Ohio, and Georgia, Construction Angels coordinates its activities with local social service agencies and also assists families in obtaining counseling from bereavement professionals.

Construction Angels was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2012 and is led by Kristi Ronyak, its president and founder. Ms. Ronyak also serves as the national executive director of the Board of Executives that runs Construction Angels. She recognized the need for Construction Angels after encountering a stranger seeking funds for the surviving family of a construction worker who had died on the job.