Ground truthing

This is right outside my office. You’ve probably seen such markings on the ground before, although maybe not at this density. These markings show where services (electricity, gas, telecommunications) are.

Although there are written records of service locations, someone always has to check in person before any digging happens. This is called ‘ground truthing’.

It struck me that these markings could be beautiful and meaningful, reminding me of Aboriginal dot painting.

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Am I an engineering geek if I think service location markings are beautiful?

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