Locating Pipes and Cables

A Brief Yet Concise Introduction to Utility Mapping

Industry experts as well as customers with commercial properties know what is utility mapping all about. But for some ordinary laymen it poses questions specifically on how it could benefit them. This is one reason why it is important to be familiar on how this kind of service can benefit especially homeowners

What Is Utility Mapping Exactly

It is a method done by experts to identify pipe location and other underground installations in a given area subject to excavation procedures. Over the years, many utility companies were given permits by the government to install their lines beneath the ground. Some of the most common utilities found underground are gas supply lines, telephone cables, water pipes, electrical cables, water pipes, and even cable TV lines.

Utility mapping not only involves detecting underground cables and pipes but also include overhead installations as well as those buried in walls. Once they have identified where the pipe location is situated, experts will make a tag or color coding to differentiate one from the other. Thus, a pipe locator will give one color for a telephone line and another color for a sewer line for example.

What Are Utility Mapping Tools

The first tool used by a pipe locating expert is the mapping obtained from the council or designated government agency tasked to preserve blue prints of underground utilities. It gives a comprehensive idea of what are the types of pipes and cables buried in a particular location. Sometimes the actual lay-out of the pipes and cables are not exactly where they should be based on the plan but at least the pipe finder has a working idea on the kinds of underground utilities present in a given area.

With the help of the map obtained from the government agency, cable and pipe locators will work to pinpoint accurately where the utilities are located. They use different kinds of machines in this regard and one of the most preferred especially for large areas is ground penetrating radar. This machine can identify both metal and non-metal buried underneath the ground and can also scan penetrate even concrete slabs.

Once the underground pipe finder has identified exactly where the utilities are located, they can then provide a new mapping that can be followed by the builders. Even the depth of the utilities can be identified. With the utilities properly mapped out, contractors can then decide on how to proceed with their excavation project.

To sum it up, what is utility mapping is all about making sure that no underground utilities are damaged when excavation starts. It is a service preferred by builders to ensure that their personnel are safe and to proceed with their excavation project smoothly and without delay.


Absolute Locating Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120, Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9939 6978
andrew@absolutelocating.com.au

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