Utility locating

Utility locating

What is utility locating?

The ever-increasing urbanisation of our modern world has led to much higher demands on utility companies and their networks as they strive to keep pace with urban development. From electricity to communication lines, gas, sewer, and water networks, these valuable services are crucial to our daily lives and play a key role in economic development. A modern city can easily have several million kilometers of buried utility lines, which makes for a rather complex subsurface environment.

To find all these lines, cables without destruction you can use the GPR method of utility locating.

Benefits of underground utility locating

The economic cost of damage to underground cable and pipe networks is significant and well documented. However, managing and protecting these assets relies on having accurate information about what lies beneath the ground. Unfortunately, in many cases, records are neither up to date nor reliable, or even nonexistent.

Ground Penetrating Radar has become a trusted technology for detecting and mapping underground utilities and offers several advantages over other locate techniques. The most significant is the ability to detect both metallic and non-metallic services, in addition to a host of other underground features or objects. Consequently, some jurisdictions specify the use of GPR as the primary method for utility detection.

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What you can locate with GPR?

Using GPR for utility-related applications allows you to locate and map:

Electricity cables

Communications cables including fibre optic cables

Conduits and ducts

Stormwater pipes

Gas pipes

Water pipes

Drainage and sewer pipes

Other related undergoudn features such as chambers, culverts, foundations, reinforced concrete, storage tanks, voids, and more.