Data shows that notifications with the 10% - 15% highest risk analysis scores are responsible for about 50% of excavation damages.
What is a risk analysis score? Using the past four years of one-call notifications and damages in the Texas811 database and Railroad Commission root cause data, a predictive analytics engine provides a real-time score indicating the probability that a specific excavation will result in excavation damage.
How is the risk score determined? Risk factors include anything on the one call ticket including nature of work, excavator history, digging depth, geographic location, etc...
What does intervention involve? A utility operator can take multiple actions once they are aware of the heightened possibility of a damage. Intervention can range from a phone call or email to the excavator alerting them to the sensitivity of excavating at that location to sending a representative to meet with the excavator, or being present during the excavation. Texas811 can provide phone call or email intervention on our member’s behalf.
How does the system work? Texas811 is merging our database of excavations and damages with Opvantek’s predictive analytics engine to provide this new level of damage prevention to Texas811 members. Opvantek has demonstrated that their real-time risk analysis scores combined with pre-excavation intervention results in around 30% damage reduction year over year.
For companies who already intervene prior to excavations, Predictive Analytics helps you identify the lowest risk excavations and gives you the opportunity to reposition assets to address excavations with the highest probability of damage.
Additionally, Texas811 Customized Solutions and Damage Prevention staff will monitor your risk data to determine which excavators are responsible for creating the most risks to your facilities. Our Damage Prevention Managers will meet with and train those excavators on safe digging practices on your behalf.
Click here to watch a one-minute video to see how the predictive analytics engine works!
The real-time risk analysis score and intervention activities are available as a subscription service through Texas811 Customized Solutions.
For more information or to receive a customized risk reduction analysis, contact Solutions@Texas811.org.
With the PIPES Act of 2016, PHMSA delivered to Congress a study that included the use of predictive analytics as a viable technology tool to help prevent pipeline damage. For more information, click here.