Starting a project that requires digging without knowing the location of potential underground utilities and storage tanks can not only be costly, but also dangerous. Digging without visibility is dangerous because it can result in cutting off utilities, serious injuries or costly repairs.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “call before you dig.” Across the country, this campaign was launched to inform people of the importance of locating underground utilities before digging.
You may need a private utility locator to find and delineate underground power lines, gas lines and other lines on private, residential, commercial and municipal property. Private underground infrastructures are those lines that extend beyond the service meter. For example, electrical wires that run from the meter to a house or building are considered private.
For safety and liability reasons, it is important to have these lines accurately and correctly marked before you begin digging, even on your own property. To have these lines marked, you will need to hire an underground infrastructure detection company.
Properties may have unmarked underground infrastructure that presents a real danger to anyone digging. It is essential to locate private underground utilities such as electricity for outdoor lights, propane lines between the tank and the house, invisible pet fence wires, septic tank pipes, storm drains, gas for heated pools, lawn sprinkler pipes, and power for a detached garage.
GPR is used in many areas to observe man-made and natural features. GPR detects metallic and non-metallic pipes, power lines, conduits, water lines, rebar and post-tensioning cables within concrete. GPR waves are equal to those of a cell phone or Wi-Fi network, while x-rays require a clearance of 50 feet before being used for safety reasons. In general, GPR is the most cost-effective option and the fastest method of testing concrete.
While the need for these services is growing, the funds available to pay for them are hard to find. Having the ability and reputation to do a thorough job without repeat visits or errors is a real competitive advantage. A professional GPR is able to provide this advantage. Providers must adapt their efforts to site conditions, conducting reconnaissance scans to decide where and if a more thorough scan is needed.
The data collected by GPR can be provided in its raw form, as 2D or 3D images. Detailed digital maps can be distributed electronically to team members or printed. When each team member receives a detailed digital map, they know what is hidden on the project site. This makes it easier for them to adjust plans and schedules to meet the needs of the project.
If a mistake is made, it can have catastrophic consequences. In addition to damage to the equipment and the site, improper handling can result in injury and loss of life. Tension rods and cables can break and cause danger to anyone in the vicinity. Therefore, it is essential that everyone working has a clear idea of the nature of the work.
GPR works by sending a tiny pulse of energy into the ground, then recording the strength of the reflected signals and the time it takes to return to the receiver. A scan consists of a series of pulses over the same area. While some of the energy pulse from GPR is reflected back to the receiving antenna, some of the energy continues to travel through the material until it dissipates or the scan session simply ends. The rate of signal dissipation varies considerably, depending on material properties.
Service providers need to integrate seamlessly into their clients’ workflow and project management, especially for large projects. In fact, they can gain a competitive advantage by offering ways to reduce the time and money spent on large project processes. For example, real-time evaluation of scan results by off-site reviewers can reduce the time between scanning and cutting, often avoiding a second site visit.
Construction sites can have inherent problems, such as loose soil or areas prone to erosion. By identifying these areas before construction begins using GPR, you can avoid potential problems by accurately planning to prevent them. This can save an incredible amount of money, both now and in the future.
If you dig in the ground without first checking the location of utility lines in that area, you risk damaging water, gas, electrical, communication or sewer lines. To avoid these risks, contact us today. We are proud to offer underground infrastructure detection services. Our team of technicians specialized in GPR detection or underground infrastructure detection services provide cost-effective services for commercial and residential projects in a professional and timely manner.