Badger Daylighting

I keep hearing horror stories of Badger Daylighting and if they are true I am really glad that they did’t hire me back in the spring of 2013 on the West Coast.

They might be the biggest company in Hydrovacing but they are not the best and any x employee probably can attest to this.

Locates that Were Not Located

Holly fuck, is all I can say.


Was recently on a job hydrovacing for gas and oil lines and was trying to locate two lines that were suppose to be approx two feet apart, since the locate stakes indicated that they were. Not blaming the prime contractor, but the locate company  ( that at the moment will remain nameless)

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This is the resulting trench we worked on over three days since the ground was continuously sloughing in and with rain falling it made it even more difficult to keep it open. On the third day the locate company that had originally did the locating came out a did a sweep of the surrounding area and found the second pipe we were looking for over two and a half meters away from where they originally had staked it.


Finding these utilities was important since there were two lines being bored beneath them for a new oil line going in.


We did another hotline crossing and ran into the same problem. Locates were totally fucked. Two locate stakes suggesting that two pipes were in same trench when buried. Not the case. We found two pipes in one trench that had only one locate stake on it, and one pipe in another that had two locate stakes indicating two pipes.

Camp Job and Dealing With Dinosaur Shit

Not what I regard as hydrovacing. What you do is wash pipe, suck out the occasional sump full of drilling mud during or after the have bored under a sensitive environmental area or under existing gas or oil gas lines or in the case like today wash trucks that are incased in mud from driving on roads that are nothing but mud, better known as dinosaur shit.

20140320-183251.jpg Typical truck covered in the shit.