Locate Utility Lines

Written by Amy Hall
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How to Locate Utility Lines Using GPR Systems

The best way to locate utility lines is by using Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, which are technologically advanced enough to accomplish this task quickly and reliably. Professionals in the fields of mining, engineering, geology, archeology, forensic science, and mapping and detection use this subsurface radar to solve complex problems relative to their specialties. Engineers in particular use this technology when in the planning and designing phase of any new project.

Transportation engineers rely on GPR when they are drafting up plans for a new highway, bridge, or tunnel. They also use it to do structural inspection of existing roads and bridges that may suffer damage from environmental elements or from such natural disasters as tornadoes and earthquakes. Often, what can not be seen by the eye can cause the most damage, both monetarily and to human life. For instance, a crack in the foundation of a bridge that is below the surface can become so weakened over time that it collapses, which could be catastrophic if their are people driving over it at the time of collapse.

Radar Is Quick, Convenient, and Cost-Efficient

The challenge to any professional when they are trying to plan the building and design of any new structure is to locate utility lines and other utilities such as rebar or conduit before the actual construction takes place. Before any excavation can safely take place, it is imperative, to know where to dig in order to avoid live electrical wiring that can cause a fire or a worker to become electrocuted. Not only are such accidents dangerous to the worker's safety, but it can put a construction job at a total stand-still.

Obviously, being unaware of where subsurface utilities are located is costly and dangerous. That is why is it more important than ever for professionals to take advantage of the latest radar technology that virtually eliminates the worry that often goes along with building and planning. Fortunately, GPR systems are convenient, reliable, and can give professionals the answers they need rather quickly.

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