Tracer Wire Technologies, LLC is devoted to producing safe and effective
devices for proper grounding and accurate locating of tracer wires.
Hi my name is Tyler Harnden. I began locating with Marathon Pipeline in 2009 on various projects and 3rd party crossing locations. I was based out of Casper, WY and handled the greatest number of locates company wide. This was due to higher population and closer proximity to 3rd party companies. With my understanding of electromagnetic frequencies and how those principles relate to locating, I was able to excel at complex locates in both station yards and on the right of way.
One evening, my Dad (Monte) and I were discussing the error of ungrounded tracer wire tails and how this can lead to inaccurate locates. We set out to develop a devices that could incorporate 3 key components of proper tracer wire locating: an interruptible grounding circuit for selective leg locating, locator connection points, and an intuitive design. After several rounds of prototyping, we were able to accomplish our goal and have developed a product that cleanly terminates tracer wires, provides an intuitive way of identifying grounding status, and allows the user to segment individual paths during a locate. This significantly reduces the margin for error by decreasing the possibility of bleed over, while also ensuring proper grounding of tracer tails.
Senior Product Development
Hi. My name is Monte Harnden. I started line locating in 1974. Some of you may know me from Center Line Resource locator training. I am the founder and President of CLR. At Center Line we have been providing high quality locator training since 2006 to a large number of major oil and gas companies as well as engineering firms and construction companies. Also I was employed at Marathon Pipeline for 39+ years. While there I became aggressively involved in producing their line locating and excavation handbook. That was a two year project.
At Marathon, in addition to locating pipelines I located power and communication cables, cathodic protection systems, and SCADA systems as well. Most of my locating took place in highly congested areas such as station yards and tank farm facilities. With Center Line we became strongly involved in production facilities too. Well pads, particularly pads with multiple wells are very challenging locates. Gas plants and compressor stations are fun too. As you can see, I’ve been at this game a very long time.
A few years back I started recognizing that tracer wire construction practices are sadly in need of revision. Most systems are poorly done and are leading to a high number of miss-locates. Considering the dangers associated with excavation, particularly around poly pipe and other non-conductive pipelines, these poor tracer wire construction practices must come to an end. It took considerable time but Tyler and I designed a system to super-simplify trace wire locating. Without doubt it will greatly improve accuracy and visibility of tracers to passive and active sweeps.