We combine the latest technology and experience to manage our customers’ entire utility locating needs according to the Australian Standard for Subsurface Utility Investigation – AS5488-2013. Our expertise helps protect your business from avoidable costs and delays by locating all underground utilities and services before any damage can occur or safety is compromised. With a commitment to ongoing training and local knowledge throughout the Snowy Mountains, Canberra, South Coast from Bateman’s Bay to Bega, Nowra, Merimbula and all places in between, LiveLocates works closely with you and your team to carefully plan, locate and maintain a complete and cost-effective underground utility and services protection strategy that allows you to get on with your job.
Services & Capability
Underground Asset Protection Services for all Excavation Activities
No matter what type of industry you work in or how big or small your project is, protecting your staff and eliminating avoidable costs is our focus.
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Companies that utilise our services include:
Solutions utilising the AS5488-2013 Australian Standard
AS5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information (SUI) is the Australian Standard for Subsurface Utility Investigation. LiveLocates utilises this standard to provide a framework for consistent classification of information depending on your project stage and requirements.
The 4 AS5488-2013 Quality Standards
Quality Level A
Information is used to indicate a utility’s precise position in three dimensions and confirm the utility’s attributes such as size, condition and possible material. Provides a reduced project risk for our customers due to the detail and accuracy of the information and is highly valuable for projects reaching the construction phase.
Services that can be utilised
Quality Level B
Utilises existing documentation, site survey and also includes information that indicates the existence and location of subsurface utilities in three dimensions. When this information is compiled using electronic detection it is only an indication of the existence of the utility and does not validate its location or attributes.
This level can most appropriately be utilised as the project develops beyond the initial planning level but before the project reaches the construction phase.
Quality Level C
Utilises existing documentation and also includes a feature or site survey of visible utility assets. It does not however, indicate the location of the subsurface utility with respect to the surface feature
This level is also most appropriately used at the initial project planning level.
Quality Level D
Utilises existing documentation to establish the potential presence of subsurface utilities but does not include any field verification or direct measurement.
This level can be most appropriate at an initial project planning level.
Download the Standards Australia preview document of AS5488-2013 here:
AS 5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility … – SAI Global Store
The technology and equipment we use
LiveLocates utilises the latest equipment and software to accurately and confidently identify underground assets. Our technicians are thoroughly trained and accredited in the use of their equipment and are therefore able to maximise the quality of information obtained in a timely and efficient manner.
This technology allows the technician to quickly find and follow traceable utilities whilst also providing information on the depths of the utility as it is traced.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
Ground Penetrating Radar or GPR as it is most commonly known uses radar pulses to provide an image of the subsurface. GPR is an excellent tool for locating and tracing non-conductive underground assets including PVC and concrete pipes, including leak detection and assets that are more difficult to trace with other conventional equipment.
To confirm identified electronic “locations”, LiveLocates uses vacuum excavation for a non-destructive method of pot holing. This process allows for a confirmed position and depth below ground of the targeted asset.
Vacuum excavation has can also be used for non-locating activities such as bollard installation, fencing posts, excavation in areas of no or limited vehicle access and pit cleaning.
LiveLocates can provide a range of reporting options depending on our customer’s preferences. These include:
- On site marking including pegs, flags, pipe and cap.
- Pictorial reporting showing general information and utility locations. These reports are general only and are not to scale.
- Detailed CAD drawings showing more detailed information and utility location.