Utility Mapping

Written by Amy Hall
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Utility Mapping and GPR

Utility mapping and Ground Penetrating Radar go hand in hand. Subsurface investigation can accurately determine the precise horizontal and vertical location of underground utilities. In today's world of complex utility networks make it even more important to have a system that can locate all subsurface utilities accurately, as well as in a timely fashion.

Engineering and construction projects in areas of concentrated underground utilities require precise utility location information to avoid costly delays, conflicts, redesigns, safety hazards and service disruptions. Subsurface utility engineering provides straightforward information indicating utility location, while subsurface utility mapping provides multiple levels of sophisticated, descriptive information about underground utilities. With subsurface mapping, it is possible to track a utility from its point of origin to its destination, provide the best routing for the utility line and show such specifics as where a line reduces from 12 inches to six inches, what materials are used in the utility, when it was installed and periodic maintenance records.

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Subsurface utility mapping also offers complete information on the type of utility, applied subsurface utility engineering quality level and ownership. Its three dimensional imaging shows the utility from different angles as well as its relationship to other underground objects, minimizing conflicts and allowing for design alternatives. Utility locating and mapping are two technologies that work together synergistically to provide the most accurate data.

As you can see, this type of testing works to the best advantage of the engineers who are planning construction projects. It allows them to make strategic plans in the most cost-effective manner, while saving on time. This is always a bonus whenever construction is underway, as projects always seem to run beyond schedule and budget.

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