Subsurface utilities demand respect during digging and construction.
Incomplete utility mapping often fails to represent the multidimensional nature of utility infrastructure, which can cause problems down the line. This information may also exist in physical form only, scattered across various filing cabinets, and in the memories of aging employees.
At GPRS, we are experts at simplifying this complex information. We offer underground scanning, centralized document storage, and detailed visualizations of "actual as-built" data. By storing your utility mapping in one cloud-based location, you can eliminate guesswork and prevent accidental damage. Simplifying your utility data has numerous benefits, and SiteMap®, powered by GPRS, is here to help you achieve them.
What is Involved in Underground Utility Mapping?
Underground utilities come in various depths with electrical and telecommunication cables usually situated at two feet below ground, and larger pipelines typically at three feet and beyond. Abandoned USTs, old pipes, and other structures can also be found below the surface, requiring accounting by property administrators.
Environmental factors may cause the ground to shift, leading to the slight adjustment of previously laid utility lines. Past construction projects can also impact utility locations, and without proper documentation, these changes may not be apparent.
The lack of proper records and utility maps can complicate the world beneath the surface, creating a dangerous scenario when a new excavation is needed. The absence of permits, proper records and utility locations can result in severe consequences such as financial penalties from local governments and environmental incidents. The safety of workers digging and residents around them can also be at risk. Additionally, inaccurate utility information can lead to inefficient, costly, and potentially hazardous projects.
Underground mapping is crucial for different property types and industries such as hospitals, schools and universities, government buildings, construction firms, retail businesses, financial institutions, and more. Most states require One Call (811) systems to mark all publicly owned utilities.
However, private locating firms must also be utilized to ensure that all buried utilities are located comprehensively, given the presence of private utilities in most construction projects across an entire site. Utility lines consist of different materials, and as such, different types of non-invasive devices such as the Vivax-Metrotech Vloc3 PRO Receiver and Geode Real-Time Sub-Meter GPS Receiver are needed to locate and collect hyper-accurate, real-time subsurface information.
Benefits of Simplifying Underground Utility Mapping
SiteMap® offers simplified and consolidated utility mapping, a groundbreaking solution from seasoned professionals with specialized equipment. Our services will aid you in Visualizing the Built World™ and efficiently managing your campus with up-to-date geospatial maps. Whether your project spans one building or multiple geographies, contact us today to get started. Benefit from cloud-based access capabilities and keep your campus safe with SiteMap®.