Accurate and Comprehensive Locates

When calling for a utility locate, it is essential to locate a company that specializes in providing both a public and private locate. The “call before” you dig system is a great tool to use when needing a locate in a public right of way. When a locate is needed on private property, the “one-call” system should still be utilized but the private property locate is not complete until a private locator has located all of the utilities.

There are some key differences between companies that provide locates for private property. To ensure that you are going to get the most accurate and comprehensive locate, several questions need to be answered.

First, what equipment is being used during the underground locate? Second, what methodology or operating procedure will be used during the locate process? Lastly, what training has the utility locator received prior to performing the locates?

Due to the different subsurface site conditions that can exist during a utility locate, a suite of locating tools must be used. Electromagnetic locators, ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, cameras, traceable rodders, sondes, and probes should all be used as a part of a complete private property utility locate. Even if the right equipment is used during a utility locate, the locate can fail if a detailed methodology is not followed. When a proven methodology is followed, like the Subsurface Investigation Methodology Specification, the results of the locate will be accurate and repeatable. Perhaps the most important differentiator to look for in a private utility locating firm is their training program. The locate training program should focus on proper use of the locating equipment as well as the methodology used during the process of completing the utility locates.

Locating the underground utilities is only half of the equation. Documenting the subsurface obstruction locations is crucial to the safety of the excavation process after the locate is complete. Pin flags and paint are a typical way to communicate the results of the locate. When choosing a locating firm, ensure that they are able to document the locate results in a detailed map, report or drawing. A CAD file, satellite image overlay, or drawing will give a perfect a permanent record of the utility locate results.

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Safety: Always on Our Radar

GPRS services such as utility locating, concrete scanning and video pipe inspection (CCTV), reduce risk for you, your team and your assets. When our Project Managers locate subsurface structural elements and pipes, the result for our clients is Damage Prevention and a reduction of risk. At GPRS, safety is always on our radar

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Budget Overruns

When change orders take place due to unforeseen circumstances on job site, a budget can quickly become ruined. When utilities are not located prior to excavation or drilling, damages can occur – unleashing a series of extra expenses. Scanning with GPRS can assist in keeping your project within the budget.

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Damaged Reputation

When utilities and pipes or concrete reinforcement is damaged, the news quickly spreads. Depending on the severity and cost of the damage, meetings and blame can follow. The repercussions for failing to take proper precautions can be loss of jobs, contracts, and ultimately reputation.

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Project Down Time

Construction projects run on strict timelines. A stoppage in work due to a utility strike or severed post-tension cable can be costly. The investigation process takes time in addition to whatever repairs must take place. Damage prevention by using ground penetrating radar can keep projects on schedule – saving time and money.

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Property Damage

The result of an underground pipe or concrete reinforcement being damaged can be further damage to the surrounding infrastructure. Finished concrete surfaces, wall finishes or even structural integrity can be a result of a strike. GPRS uses GPR and other key tools to prevent damage to utilities and surrounding property.

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Injuries & Accidents

At GPRS, our most important tool is our people. When GPRS is called to a jobsite, our people use the latest in locating technology to make sure that your people and your team is safe. When underground facilities are not located prior to excavation, your most important asset is at risk – your people.