Utilities composed of metallic materials are generally detectable with standard locating equipment consisting mainly of a transmitter and receiver. The technician induces an electromagnetic field onto or around the facility with the transmitter and then follows that signal with the receiver.
Conductive Locating is the most efficient and commonly used form of detecting underground facilities.
Examples of facilities which may be marked with this type of equipment include Telecommunication cables, Electric Cables and some Water and Gas lines.
If the utilities are composed of non-metallic materials, it may be necessary to utilize Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) equipment to detect the facility. Although GPR is not always suitable in every situation, due to varying circumstances on each site as well as the composition and nature of each facility, it may be necessary to employ a variety of equipment to successfully detect each utility on a site.
Knowing the capabilities as well as the limitations of each type of detection equipment gives us the edge in employing the right application for your specific job.
Once the utilities are marked, the location of the facilities may be incorporated into the Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings of the site for future reference. This may aid in future design and planning however the underground facilities should always be visibly marked on site prior to any ground breaking activities.
Many entities do not have prints of the facilities on their site. We can develop these drawings for your facility. The known/marked utilities which are incorporated onto the drawings are color coded by industry standards so that each utility is easily identifiable on the prints.
Private Utility Locating
We offer utility locating services for the private owned facilities which are not members of the local 'Utility Safety Notification System', in Michigan known as Miss Dig, as well as those that are members.
The 'Utility Safety Notification System' is a free service to homeowners, property owners, contractors, or anyone else that may be planning on digging/excavating in a specific location.
Notification is required at least 3 business days prior to any ground breaking activities. Once the system has been notified of the proposed digging/excavating, the information is sent to the members whom may have facilities in the area. These members then send their designated Locator to the area to mark their facilities where the work will be taking place.
After the members have located their facilities on site, we can investigate the area to locate any underground utilities that are not owned by the members and have not been marked. These facilities may be 'private owned' and the owner may not be a member of the notification sysytem, therefore the facility owner may not have been notified of the proposed work.