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PG&E deploys safety helicopters
November 06, 2013, 05:00 AM

PG&E has begun daily helicopter patrols over the San Francisco Peninsula as an additional measure to prevent construction accidents on gas transmission pipelines and to continue providing reliable service to customers, the utility announced yesterday.

The flights, which are occurring in the morning seven days a week, are conducted over about 106 miles of pipelines from San Francisco to San Jose, according to Pacific Gas and Electric.

Crews, including a pilot and a spotter, fly about 400 to 500 feet above the ground on a path above four PG&E gas transmission pipelines. The spotter uses an iPad with GIS and GPS coordinates to locate new construction projects, then takes photos to make sure that the utility pipelines have been located and marked and that proper excavation techniques are being followed, according to PG&E.



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