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Utility Locating: What is It and Why It’s Important

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Utility locating matters because more than water, natural gas, and sewers go underground.

Utility locating matters because more than water, natural gas, and sewers go underground. Over the past few decades, technological advancements have made it possible for many utility types to hide beneath roadways and paths. Pipelines, tanks, drainage facilities, ventilation shafts, and more can go underground. However, it takes efficient mapping before reconstruction or rehabilitation begins. When there is a need for a utility locating, it’s best to partner with a professional. Otherwise, sewer, gas, and communication lines can face catastrophic consequences such as damaged caused by the daily sun, wind, and rain exposure. Here is more information about the relevance of utility locating. 

Utility Locating : Why Digging Happens First 

The increasing amount of buried utilities made it necessary to locate them before starting a construction project. When you are aware of utilities’ locations, it helps any project go smoothly. The goal is to preserve the lifespan of utilities while also aiding in damage prevention. In addition, preventing damage to the buried infrastructure and injury to workers decreases construction time and costs. 

In-depth utility locating involves more than marking the location of underground infrastructure. These markers alone won’t guarantee precision regarding depth, horizontal location, and material of the item underground. Engineers and architects must know this information, which is how Concrete Visions can help. 

We Can Help

First, we can help you prevent damages associated with improper drilling or excavation. Secondly, we also have experience identifying tolerance zones or areas that need hand-digging. Thirdly, we have the proper equipment to conduct accurate underground mapping. Precision matters because consumers won’t face service disruption, and it also stops delays resulting from damaged utilities. Lawfully, excavators are responsible for the restoration cost of damaged facilities. This mistake is avoidable when you hire us. 

Why an On-Site Inspection and Underground Utility Map Matters

Historical records and underground blueprints are helpful. However, they might not be enough to guarantee safe digging. It’s not always clear which utility lines are no longer there because of natural or manufactured gases. In addition, new lines or cables could also exist. 

On-site inspections are necessary for this reason. We can locate sub-surface utilities by using: 

  • An Underground Camera Inspection
  • Electromagnetic Detection
  • Concrete Scanning 

The results become the basis for an underground utility map which serves as a reference during digging. 

Utility Locating Ensures Safety 

The #1 reason to hire us for utility locating services is to keep your workers safe. For example, an injury or fatality could happen if someone were to hit a power line because they were unaware it was there. In addition, a damaged power line could impact an entire community negatively. We’re sure that you don’t want to face the consequences of affecting residences or businesses. Therefore, accurate data matters. 

Give Concrete Visions a call before your next construction project to avoid costly or injurious mistakes. 

Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right

Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.

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