Last year, 18% of all electricity generated in the United States was generated by renewable resources such as wind, solar, and water-generated power plants. Over the next 30 years, it’s said that renewable energy sources could make up 40% of all generated electricity in the United States. As this trend continues, we will continue to be an industry leader in providing the most accurate results when locating utilities, scanning concrete and inspecting sewer and water pipes. Our proven track record of success on projects across the nation has produced a high level of confidence with our clients. We are trusted to provide the highest level of information regarding underground facilities and pipelines during the entire construction process. This includes crane walks and the lay-down yard, transmission line installation, collection line installation, distribution line installation, and even support during the operation and maintenance phase (one-call utility locating).
For over a decade, GPRS has built upon the foundation of consistency and excellence in the Renewable Energy sector. We have completed hundreds of wind (utility-scale) and solar projects in all stages of project development and construction. With the recent expansion of the EV-charging network, we’ve worked with major companies such as Tesla, ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America to provide underground utility locates using the most reliable scanning technology available. On all of our Renewable Energy projects, we proudly offer a comprehensive range of reporting options, from marks on the ground, to a basic field sketch, satellite image overlays, or an AutoCAD report that pinpoints buried electrical, water, gas, communication, sewer and storm drain lines.
Whether in the planning, design, construction or O&M phase, GPRS can reduce your risk when excavating. Our utility locating and mapping services can be performed prior to large-scale photovoltaic power station installations, canopy-mounted solar panel applications, along transmission and distribution lines even rooftop direct-mounts.
GPRS is trusted to provide the highest level of information regarding underground facilities and pipelines during the entire wind farm installation process, from design phase to the O&M phase. Our detailed utility maps provide the information needed to limit design changes and change orders in addition to costly utility and oil & gas pipeline strikes.
As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, so too does demand for EV charging infrastructure. When excavating at an existing gas station, restaurant, office building or retail establishment, the risk of utility strikes is high. GPRS utility locating services can limit that risk.
GPRS exceeds industry performance when it comes to the accuracy of underground utility locating. Our team can continue the support of your project by crafting a one-call program for when the project transitions to the O&M phase. weather supporting locating tickets for assets on public or private property, GPRS is a clear choice for damage prevention.
SUPPORTING THE 5G EXPANSION
Recently, Ground Penetrating Radar Services was asked to assist in the site acquisition and design process for 189 small cell sites in Miami, Florida. GPRS Project Managers needed to locate all utilities within a 30’ radius around each proposed pole location. The project manager was able to provide paint on the ground, pin flags, pictures, and a site map of the utilities found with measurements from the curb to each of the underground utilities.
DISPATCHING AND LOCATING
For this job we were given all 189 small cell sites in one batch to complete as soon as possible. Given that we have team members nationwide and several in the Miami market we were up for the task. When our client released the proposed node locations, they sent the coordinates of the proposed node location along with any other pertinent information that would be needed in the post-utility locate report, map, and utility drawing. Our Operations and Deliverables team was able to create a custom service plan that addressed the specific project needs – including our final map/drawing. Our custom service plan allowed our team to mobilize, complete the underground locating and deliver a detailed report of our findings all within the requested timeline.
DELIVERABLES AND REPORTING
To ensure clear communication for these 5G sites, GPRS was able to deliver utility markings on the ground, pin flags, a Job Summary report, pictures of the site after the utility locating was complete, measurements from the curb to the utility and finally a map with that information overlaid onto a satellite image. After performing the locate, the Job Summary, pictures from the site and utility map are delivered to the client. This level of communication ensures that damage prevention is achieved and that there is clear communication about the location of underground facilities prior to design or excavation.
Over the last two years we've been helping to streamline the design and installation of new 5G nodes. Although the 811 system can be utilized in the ROW there are many benefits to utilizing a private locating service as well. Clients are utilizing GPRS to increase utility locating accuracy, faster response time, finding utility depths, special reporting, and the consultative approach we take from being the leaders in the industry. Let’s get to work!