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Gas Pipe Locating

Save time and money by quickly pinpointing the location of buried facilities, with the 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS). 3M markers operate even in the presence of metal conduit or pipe, metallic conductors, fences, AC power lines and electronic markers of other utilities. All EMS Markers used for gas pipe location are color-coded to APWA standards for visual reference and gas utilities have their own frequency, helping reduce the risk of accidentally locating and excavating other buried facilities. All gas pipe location markers are yellow in color.

3M EMS gas pipe location series can be used to locate: 

  • Main and Service Stubs
  • Meter Boxes
  • Buried valves, stopping valves and squeeze points
  • P.C Fittings
  • Depth Changes
  • E.F Couplings
  • Road Crossings, pipeline paths and trees
  • Service Stubs

Interactive Locating and Marking Guide for the Gas Industry
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Our interactive application guide shows you where 3M Locating & Marking products are applied in commercial and residential spaces and why they’re better than conventional approaches.

  • 3M Locating & Marking Application Guide for the gas industry.

Main or Service Stubs
  • High likelihood need to connect later or due to new construction
  • Pinpoint location of connection point where a locator may not provide the needed level of accuracy
  • Stubs often get knocked down or covered when their end is above ground
Main or Service Repair Locations
  • Higher risk point for future failures, where to look first when there’s an issue
  • Easily able to identify and map
  • Ease of identification using a marker and precise positive location
Main to Service Connection
Service Valve
  • Sometimes paved over, covered with vegetation or snow pack
  • Can serve as an aid with emergency response to shut off valves
Main Shutoff Valve
  • Aids with emergency response to shut off valves
  • Not easily locatable and needs to be located quickly
  • Often covered
Main 90 degree Elbows
  • Logical point of failure (leak)
  • Assists in path marking of critical assets
  • Change of direction can make them broadside to the path of the utility, making it vulnerable to being hit
  • Assists in path marking of critical assets
  • Point of interest indicating something has changed
  • Fittings present – leak potential
  • Potential higher risk that an abandoned facility may be present in the straight line
Road Crossings

Overview: The “Unlocatable Pipeline” Challenge

  • As a gas industry pipeline-safety professional, you understand that the only real protection a gas pipeline has... is clear, precise identification.

    With current electronic location measures, you can wind up with a significant percentage of what we call “unlocatable pipeline”: assets that you’ve already invested in but are now hard to find.

    Watch the video to learn how 3M helps you “lightup” unlocatable pipeline.

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Building the Business Case for Moving to RFID

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  • Is it possible to transform your current pipeline-locating processes and actually reduce costs in the short run?

    The answer is: Yes. It turns out that continuing to invest in an out-of-date approach to pipeline location can be very expensive. So, with the help of 3M experts, you can demonstrate early savings to help you make the case for moving to a long-life solution.

    Watch 3M Thought Leader Corey Willson go deep into the business case for moving to RFID.

Application Resources: 3M Path Marking Solutions Videos

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    Horizontal Directional Drilling Applications

    Is your team getting ready to use 3M™ Path Marking solutions in a trenchless (HDD) environment? This video provides important tips.

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    Open Trench Applications

    Open trenches give you greater flexibility when applying 3M™ Path Marking rope and/or tape. This video delivers real-world best practices for using our solutions… in the trenches.

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