15 May Video: An Introduction to Underground Service Locating
Underground Service Locating
1300Locate utilises two main pieces of equipment when looking for underground utilities.
The first is the RD8000 (made by Radio Detection),
which is RFID transponder capable, the RD8000 is used to find pipes and cables that are metallic or have a metallic core such as electrical, communications, water pipes and feeds. RFiD transponders are used by a number of utility companies to mark utilities such as direct laid optic fibre cables, buried electrical junctions, under-bore entry and exits etc that may otherwise require excavations of some sort. The beauty of the RD8000 is its capability to have the software updated and the unit calibrated on-line which gives us and our clients peace of mind knowing the units are always up to date.
The second main tool is the IDS Opera Duo GPR.
1300Locate are industry leaders and pioneers in the use of GPR. We are recognised for instigating the move into utilising this valuable tool within the utility locating industry in 2006. The main use of the GPR is to aid in the location of untraceable utilities such as fibre, PVC, PE, and poly we also use this tool to find buried manholes, valves, hydrants etc. Beware the myth that the GPR is the be all of locating equipment as its not, it should be treated as another tool in the search for underground utilities.
Not all utilities are where they should be, not all utilities are where a utility owner has marked them on a plan and not all utilities are at the correct depth, so who you choose as your preferred utility locating company could make all the difference. The difference between your work transitioning with ease into the next phase or costing you valuable $$$ before you start.
All 1300Locate team members have experience in civil, construction, drainage and utilities. They are trained under our rigorous training methods and undergo refresher training up to three times a year to ensure they are at their peak. All of our team members are fully accredited to perform these specialised tasks, and enjoy helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome on site.
Our clients know our staff and understand the task at hand is not always an easy one. Our in house team discuss with our clients the many scenarios that could possibly play out on site prior to commencing works. Our clients also know our processes are strictly adhered to, regularly audited and understand what to expect and what will be achieved as an end result, we won’t promise what we can’t deliver.
When you are using 1300Locate, you can be absolutely certain you are using one of the most experienced teams in Australia.