Before proceeding with any underground work, whether on a job site or even at home, the best practice is to review the site is for any possible utilities or underground structures. Carrying out a time-saving site inspection and survey using our ground penetrating radar system will ensure you or your team is well informed about what lies below the ground surface giving you the best chance make clearer and more cost-effective decisions around a planned project. Projects proceed without a hitch saving costly delays, additional unexpected costs giving a successful outcome. Qld Utility Locating Services are experts (certified) in the use of GPR (ground penetrating radar) to find not only service utilities like water, power or other services, but we’re also to find underground structures, soil, rock, water sources, underground voids (natural and man-made) and cracks.
Ground penetrating radar is a geophysical method of locating that uses radar pulses to image what is under the ground. GPR is a non-destructive method uses electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band (UHF/VHF frequencies).
GPR detects the reflected signals from subsurface structures and has a wide range of applications including locating rock, soil, ice, water, pavements and underground structures. It’s also used to detect changes in material, and voids and cracks.
The depth range of GPR is limited by the electrical conductivity of the ground, the transmitted center frequency and the radiated power. As conductivity increases, the penetration depth also decreases. This is because the electromagnetic energy is more quickly dissipated into heat, causing a loss in signal strength at depth.
GPR uses transmitting and receiving antennas or some GPR units can also have one antenna containing both functions. The transmitting antenna radiates short pulses of the high-frequency (usually polarized) radio waves into the ground. When the wave hits a buried object or a boundary with different constants, the receiving antenna records changes in the reflected return signal. The principles involved are similar to reflection seismology, except that electromagnetic energy is used instead of acoustic energy, and reflections appear at boundaries with different dielectric constants instead of acoustic impedances.
Both service locating and ground penetrating radar are effective, but each has its benefits. Service locating enables us to locate services with an electromagnetic field. In some cases a service may be non-metallic. With ground penetrating radar, a wider range of materials can be detected. Additional applications include -
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Qld Utility Locating can locate the following services:
Be aware that some service locating operators can only locate metallic pipe work, but we're able to also locate plastic pipes. It is essential to locate underground services before you start any project. Beware that you may cause damage and encounter unexpected expenses to repair any damage if you damage a public utility. Also be aware that striking electrical cables can not only be costly but highly dangerous, causing injury or death.ASK ONLINE CALL NOW
Top project management and the inclusion of a site survey with ground penetrating radar avoids damage to any service utility like water, power, gas or stormwater. It also avoids the risk or the unplanned disruption to a project that can cause us thousands of dollars in projects being delayed, with or unforeseen repairs. Most importantly, it will ensure that the risk to personal injury or even death is removed from a project site.
Qld Utility Locating is a family owned and operated business. What sets us apart is that we are not just locators or leak detection technicians - we are trade qualified plumbers.
Because of our trade background, we can easily liaise with on-site supervisors, builders, tradies and home-owners alike. We help problem-solve and remedy issues that you may be facing at home or on the work site. We are one of few companies that have actually laid pipework, and we are familiar with most materials used in the ground. We know what is going on underground.
We appreciate deadlines made by building and body corporate managers, so we offer a 24-Hour Emergency After-Hours Service. We guarantee to be on-site the same day you contact us. Qld Utility Locating incorporates multiple services which enables just one phone call to take care of your emergency.
Before doing any excavation, it is essential to check what utilities are underground first. It could save you thousands of dollars, it can even save lives. We are here to protect you from damaging any underground utilities. You do not want to disrupt a service to an entire neighbourhood, and be potentially responsible for fines and/or repair costs.
We work with Local Councils, Builders, Renovators, Architects, Electricians, Plumbers, Hydraulic Engineers, Commercial Businesses, Engineering Practices, Environmental Companies