Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of non-destructive excavation?
LiveLocate’s non-destructive excavation program is one of our most popular services. This method is most typically used for safe excavation around underground utilities to perform Quality Level A locating in accordance with Australian Standards AS5488 Subsurface Utility Investigation, drain clearing, digging trenches and potholes. Here are some of the other benefits involved:
1. Cost-effective digging
The cost benefits of utilising non-destructive digging equipment are evident. Beginning with a lower risk of damaging surrounding utilities, non-destructive excavation will quickly remove the chance of incurring costly repairs. Causing damage to these assets will also delay your project, leaving you with further costs. In fact, in certain situations, LiveLocates vacuum excavation services are cheaper than more traditional digging equipment and requires less operating power, saving money on labour costs.
2. Quicker process
Non-destructive digging allows for the exposure of buried utilities, thus presenting accurate information on the location of these assets saving you time and money. Additionally, even if you have identified the location of assets underground, the process of hand digging around utilities is time-consuming, inefficient and often dangerous.
3. Safer digging
Essential cables and pipes run below almost every worksite both in rural and urban locations. In more urban settings, subsurface areas are even more densely packed. When working in these environments, it is essential you operate with an increased degree of care and consideration. High-pressure pipes and electrical cables can cause severe damage or injury to workers if they are broken. Non-destructive digging is the safest way to clear these areas without damaging nearby assets.
When should my worksite use non-destructive digging?
Non-destructive excavation methods like vacuum excavation are used routinely across all industries involved in civil, infrastructure and construction works. LiveLocates can assist worksites needing maintenance, installation, or repair work with our digging equipment. It is a safe alternative to mechanical digging when critical subsurface infrastructure needs to be avoided.
Is non-destructive excavation environmentally friendly?
This excavation method is considered the most eco-friendly method of removing debris from underground. Digging is done in a fast and clean way that removes only the parts of the environment that it needs to. In doing this, the surrounding areas maintain their integrity, and nothing is damaged. The machines store all the debris removed, and the land can be easily restored to its original state following the excavation.
What types of worksites use non-destructive digging services?
LiveLocates offers accurate and safe non-destructive digging services to any engineering or construction projects across our service range.
Most commonly, these services are used by:
- Plumbers and electricians
- Infrastructure Contractors
- Local Government
- Directional Drillers & Underground Cable Layers
- Utility Providers
- Building Construction Companies
- Excavation & Civil Construction Contractors
- Geotechnical Engineers
Why is it important to conduct non-destructive digging?
- Reduce the risk of damaging vital assets and utilities below the ground.
- Dig with greater precision compared to traditional methods.
- Keeps the integrity of nearby structures like tree roots.
- Lessens the risk of damage to workers and public property through accidents.
Where do LiveLocates service?
Our non-destructive excavation services extend right across the South Coast of NSW, the Snowy Valley, Snowy Mountains and throughout the Canberra region. More specifically:
Snowy Mountains – Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher, Crackenback, Cabramurra
Snowy Monaro – Berridale, Cooma, Bombala, Bredbo, Dalgety, Delegate, Michelago
Snowy Valley – Tumut, Talbingo, Khancoban, Adaminaby, Tumbarumba
NSW South Coast – Nowra, Huskisson, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden
Canberra suburbs and surrounding regions
For more information contact us on 1300 517 062 or with an online enquiry, and we will get back to you about how we can help.