Utility mapping (also referred to as ‘buried service detection’) utilises a form of non-destructive testing in order to pinpoint on overlay maps the existence of underground utility lines. Why Use Utility Mapping? Because of the sensitivity of current technology, in-depth surveys can be done without needing a lot of time to cover a great distance. What makes utility mapping important is that these maps can show the cross section of a parcel and represent detail that above ground topographical data simply does not have the ability to.
Equipment for Utility Mapping
For this type of survey, the mapping equipment must be of a non-destructive remote sensing variety. The idea is that different materials reflect sound waves at a different frequency. Depending on how these sound waves are reflected, the survey technician can create a relatively accurate depiction of the cross section under his or her feet. Non-destructive testing, such as radio wave surveys, are crucial in utility location services, especially on land that does not currently have information on where anything is buried.
Mapping as a Safeguard
Remote sensing equipment allows for the unique creation of drawings that represent the area under a parcel. Because of these methods, nothing is disturbed on the utility lines themselves and nothing is damaged to cause trouble for the owner or the utility companies. This sort of remote sensing allows for the creation of 3D CAD maps which can then be examined in order to determine where excavation can and cannot take place due to the location of utility lines under the parcel.
What This Means to You
Utility mapping can be a very good means of avoiding trouble when doing excavation works on a parcel. These mapping methods allow an owner to build up a picture of where buried lines and other possible obstructions may be and to avoid them altogether. One Search Locators are among the most professional utility location service providers in Australia. Contact us today to be sure that you don’t end up excavating where you shouldn’t.