Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services?
Locating utilities and assets beneath the earth is the essential first step to safely commence any excavation or non-destructive digging project. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology is used in circumstances when you believe there are assets beneath the ground that need to be avoided during an excavation or ground penetration activity. Without knowing the exact location of these materials, it is not safe to go ahead with the planned excavation – not to mention, accidentally hitting underground utilities or assets can be extremely dangerous to your crew on site, the public and an expensive mistake to rectify.
Who benefits from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services?
Our leading Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services are essential to a wide range of professions and has many benefits across several industries. LiveLocates is proud to offer our knowledgeable and professional services to residential, commercial, and industrial sites across a full range of construction and engineering projects. Whether it’s Design, Civil, Roads and Maritime, Government, Commercial, or Residential construction work, you can guarantee that your project will benefit from our ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning and service locating, ensuring the project goes off without a hitch. We offer accurate utility locating and GPS surveying, utilising the latest advancements in technology.
The most frequent organisations that benefit from ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning are:
- Geotechnical Engineers
- Excavation & Civil Construction Contractors
- Telecommunication Infrastructure Contractors
- Building Construction Companies
- Fencing Contractors
- Local Government
- Directional Drillers & Underground Cable and Pipe Layers
- Utility Providers
- Facility Managers
How does Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) work?
Our state-of-the-art equipment can detect buried utilities and assets allowing us to provide you with detailed information on where you plan to carry out construction and excavation activities. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning equipment omits energy waves in the microwave band into the soil to record the echoes received by objects below the surface. Using two main pieces of equipment, a transmitter and an antenna, the radar machine measures variations in pulses received back from the objects which are translated into images providing our experienced and certified locators with information on what is buried beneath the surface.
How accurate is Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) scanning?
The accuracy of the images received by the scanner depends on several factors. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems work by receiving rapid, accurate radar echoes from objects buried deep below the surface. When this transmission is interfered with by soil types or moisture in the soil, the results can be affected.
LiveLocates rely on industry-leading, innovative ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology that operates with a high level of accuracy. Your certified locator will take steps to ensure you’re given the most accurate representation of the excavation area.
How much do Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) services cost?
LiveLocates ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning services are provided as part of our standard services. No additional charge applies for the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) on your site. We believe that you deserve the best when booking our services and no expense is spared in ensuring you are provided with this.
What materials does Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR ) detect?
Operators and businesses can use ground penetrating radar (GPR) signals to find a wide array of submerged objects. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is at its most effective when there is a considerable disparity between the electromagnetic properties of the material of the object you’re searching for and what surrounds it. The following materials and utilities make up those assets found most effectively:
- Natural Materials
- Gas pipes
- Water pipes
- Sewerage pipes
- Stormwater pipes
- Untraceable Optic Fibre
- Old storage tanks
Are the LiveLocates staff fully accredited?
Yes! Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) is a nationwide service and locator Certification program. Its service provides a free referral service on underground utilities for their members. DBYD provides a single point of contact that enables builders, planners, or land workers of any kind to be aware of underground utilities within their project area before they begin.
❗ Please note that not all utility owners supply plans of their utilities through the DBYD service. LiveLocates can source additional utility plans when these are not provided to ensure that all utilities within your excavation area are reported to you when we have attended site.
All LiveLocates technicians are DBYD, Telstra, and Optus Certified. LiveLocates is also proudly a member of NULCA (National Utility Locating Contractors Association).
Do LiveLocates offer any other services?
Alongside our leading ground penetrating radar (GPR) services, LiveLocates offers the following services to all our clients.
- Radio Detection
- Concrete Scanning
- GPS Mapping
- Vacuum Excavation – Non-Destructive Excavation
- Utility Mapping
- Pot Holing
Where do LiveLocates service?
Snowy Mountains – Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher, Crackenback, Cabramurra
Snowy Monaro – Berridale, Cooma, Bombala, Bredbo, Dalgety, Delegate, Michelago
Snowy Valley – Tumut, Talbingo, Khancoban, Adaminaby, Tumbarumba
Canberra suburbs and surrounding regions
NSW South Coast – Nowra, Huskisson, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden