Public Locating

Public Locating

Northern Lights employs cutting-edge equipment to accurately identify underground infrastructure for efficient maintenance and construction.

About 811

When planning outdoor work that requires digging such as planting a tree, putting in a new children’s play set or excavating for construction, visit or call 811 before you dig. Northern Lights is a member of Indiana 811, a free statewide service created to reduce damage to underground facilities and promote public safety by lowering the number of damage incidents. This is important because digging can be expensive and dangerous. Each year, millions of dollars in property damage, personal injuries and even loss of life occur because of careless digging where underground facilities were not located prior to excavating.
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Follow these steps, before you begin your project

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Planning your project

Submit your Request

There are 2 ways to do this:
  • Visit to submit your request at least 2 full days before digging.
  • call 811 or Indiana 811 to submit your request at least two full working days before digging.
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Planning your project

Provide Location and plans for project

These details are required
  • County
  • Township
  • Street Address
  • Type of Work
  • Your Name & Title
  • Telephone Number
  • Best Time to Call
  • Start Date & Time
  • Contractor
Private Utility Locating is crucial for any commercial development project like this neighborhood
Planning your project

Marking the Site

State laws vary, but generally, utility companies have a few days to respond to your request. Utilities will send out locators who will come to your dig site to mark the approximate location of buried utilities with paint or flags so that you can avoid them.
Planning your project

Respect the Marks

  • Once all utilities are checked, the ground will be marked with either a dotted line or a flag with “OK” painted on the ground.
  • Dotted lines indicate underground lines and a flag and “OK” mean that there are no facility lines in that location and the area has been checked.
  • Red, yellow, orange and blue markers should be present before you dig, indicating that all necessary utility lines have been checked.
Planning your project

Dig with Care

Around 25% of damages to underground utilities occur when digging takes place without an general or indiana 811 ticket, while more than 50% of damages are attributed to mistakes made by excavators. It is crucial to ensure coordination among all involved parties to promote safe and efficient digging practices. When dealing with extensive projects or sites with complex or high-risk infrastructure, extra precautions must be taken to ensure safety and prevent accidents. 

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Our Expertise

Civil Inspections
Assessments of infrastructure, construction sites, and public facilities ensuring compliance with client standards.
Site Inspections
Comprehensive visual surveys to identify underground facilities, utilizing maps, records, and above-ground structures.
Utility Closure
Expert inspection and maintenance services.
Detection Survey
Maps underground utilities and potential hazards like a gas leak
Utility Pole
Inspection and inventory - a support system for overhead utility lines, cables, and more.
On-Site Monitoring
"Watch Dog" monitoring of excavation around or near critical facilities
Unsure whether you require public or private locates?
Explore our Private Locates page to discover the services we offer. There, you'll find all the information you need about our private locates, along with a convenient link to fill out our Private Locate request form.
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Public Locating

Northern Lights is dedicated to protecting utilities and municipalities. Our comprehensive utility protection services guarantee the safety and reliability of your infrastructure.
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Sewer Imaging

We specialize in advanced imaging services that ensure the integrity of underground sewer and lateral infrastructure.
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Private Locating

Our extensive range of private locate services includes electromagnetic locating, GPRs, and cameras. Our arsenal of equipment and locating experts ensure accuracy.
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We offer a wide range of inspection services tailored to meet your specific needs. Our team provides on-site monitoring to ensure accurate results.

Looking to join our team?

Click the link below and it will take you to our Careers page. There, you can see what positions we have available and submit your application.
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