Pre-Excavation Management Around Subsurface Utilities


Before you start any type of ground disturbing work, are you 100% sure you’ve done EVERYTHING you can to avoid any costly damage or injury?

Pre-Excavation Management around Subsurface Utilities Course (PEMC) is a unique industry program designed for anyone involved in planning, supervising and undertaking ground-breaking/excavating work on sites where underground utilities may be present. 

This course covers the requirements and regulatory obligations of locating and identifying subsurface utilities (learning modules listed below).

You’ll also learn about industry standards and recommended best practice, techniques and procedures to help you make informed decisions before excavating around subsurface utilities – and avoid costly mistakes and injury.

To date, the course has attracted more than 5,00 participants, with 81% recommending the program. It’s available via scheduled webinars (summer dates below), On Demand webinar or face-to-face presentation at your work site (see information below).

Program participants have included: project and site managers, HSE/HESQ managers, engineers, supervisors, foreman and leading hands from across the construction and trade industries.

So before you start your next project – play it safe and register for the PEMC webinar.

Module ContentDuration
• Introduction
• Impact of Damages
• Reasons for Incidents
1 hour + 10 min break
• About the Australian Standard AS 5488
• Understanding Utility Plan Limitations
1 hour + 10 min break
• Your Obligations
• Role of Certified Locators
• Pre-Excavation Processes
• Telecommunication Plans Explained
• Industry Best Practice
1 hour + 10 min break
• Q&AAs required

Register now for the webinar (use table below for local time conversion)

Wed, 24 April 2024  8.00 am – 11.30 am AEST
Thu, 9 May 2024  9.00 am – 12.30 pm AEST
Wed, 22 May 2024  8.00 am – 11.30 am AEST
On demand webinar

Or contact us to arrange a date that suits your team. Email or call Jane on 0439 418 122

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Local Time Conversion from April to October 
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9.00 am – 12.30 pmWA

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Course Content
  • Legal Obligations
  • Reasons for Incidents
  • Consequences
  • Lodging a DBYD enquiry
  • Plan Reading
  • Australian Standard AS 5488
  • Certified Locators
  • The Five Ps of Safe Excavation

Face-to-Face Training

This course covers the requirements and regulatory obligations of locating and identifying subsurface utilities for Site Managers, HSE Managers, Supervisors and Leading Hands on construction sites where excavation work is proposed to be carried out.

The course will inform participants of their legislative obligations and will introduce techniques and procedures that will enable the participant to make informed judgement before excavating around subsurface utilities.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Provide information on recent changes to workplace safety legislation
  • Raise awareness of the process required to locate subsurface utilities
  • Applying Australian Standard 5488 quality levels to reduce the possibility of damage and additional cost
  • Provide suggested control measures to reduce the risk of damages and injury

To arrange an in-person presentation with your team, please contact us on 1300 340 017 to discuss pricing for your location.


I found the webinar informative and it has opened my eyes on the fact that services aren’t always where they are reported to be and also the levels associated with location accuracy, never knew how important the letters D,C,B,A in relation to services locations, on the plan were before… and the importance of using Certified Locators to keep my people safe.  I will definitely be spreading the word!

Adrian’s knowledge of legislative obligations and techniques and procedures for working safely around sub-surface utilities was exceptional. The course content was practical with real examples of what can go wrong if adequate preplanning is not implemented. Great course, highly recommend it.

We have put 115 Project Managers, Engineers, Foreman and WHSQ through the course. The feedback has been resoundingly positive.  Some of the most positive feedback we got from the training was: relevant, practical, and very well presented. I know it will help a great deal in helping us reduce service strikes on our sites.

A well structured course that will benefit our engineers and supervisors.

As CEO of a LG Council I will encourage all of our key staff to undertake this webinar. The whole process and importance of undertaking a DBYD assessment before undertaking any works and how to read and interpret the information was valuable. It was a professional presentation and the presenter had a great understanding of all the topics. The webinar showed very good examples and consequences of failing to gain proper information and/ or understanding the information.

It was timely to remind the team of how important the DBYD service is and an opportunity to learn about the updates. It is difficult at the moment to get access to training so this was a great opportunity to upskill in a safe environment. The course showed the cost of complacency, some in depth information regarding the differences in how services can be marked according to which plan you have. How a plan that appears professional can be dangerous taking into account the quality of the survey information (or utility plan limitations) and the survey quality classification system.

I had plenty of positive feedback from the team post training. It was very relevant information for our industry, and was delivered expertly by Adrian.

It was a comprehensive session which covered the entire process. I believe everyone could benefit from this regardless their role in the industry. As a designer, I now better understand how to prepare my utility survey requests and which parts need to be highlighted. Also, the quality level information helps me to assess how reliable the survey information can be for the design purpose.

The webinar way exceeded my expectations. I found myself fully absorbed in the material and the presenter’s delivery.

I believe the Pre-Excavation Management Course should be mandatory for those delegating a team on an excavation site. Prior to attending the course I had a sense of false faith in the safety and accuracy of the utility plans. After completing the training, I have a much more cautious approach as plans can be inaccurate and may not include all services. I recommend this course 10/10 for safety. There are people’s lives at risk.

I found the Webinars very informative and Adrian’s presentation was excellent throughout. I will definitely be recommending it to other colleagues.