New technology in Waimakariri protecting underground assets

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pictured: With the Hon Todd McClay, Associate Minister of Trade;  John MacGregor, Operations Manager Vac-U-Digga NZ; Jo Stewart, Operations Supervisor Vac-U-Digga NZ; and Grant Edmonds Workshop Engineer.

The latest technology being employed by a Waimakariri-based company is protecting Canterbury’s underground assets in the rebuild, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Doocey and Associate Minister for Trade Todd McClay visited Vac-U-Digga in Rangiora  to have a look at the latest vacuum excavation trucks that have arrived from Australia for work in Canterbury’s rebuild.

Vac-U-Digga NZ operations manager John MacGregor said Computer Aided Radar Tomography (CART) and two-dimensional Ground Penetrating Radar equipment could pick up underground services including power, telecommunications and fibre-optic cable. Utilising this technology prevented strikes on important infrastructure during work on the Canterbury rebuild that could bring businesses to a standstill.

“It’s great to see the amount of recycling that is occurring in the rebuild,” Doocey said. “Everything is going through these new trucks, with shingle being separated out and valuable top soil being saved.”