Frequently Asked Questions
Who will benefit from Underground Utility Locating & Utility Mapping?
Underground utility locating and utility mapping technology is utilised across a variety of commercial, civil, and residential worksites in both urban and rural areas. It is an essential service in the design and planning of projects and before excavation on worksites can begin.
What will Underground Utility Locating & Utility Mapping detect and report?
LiveLocates technicians utilise a combination of GPR and EMI radio frequency technology to firstly detect the location of underground utilities and then capture that information with highly accurate GPS utility mapping or when that level of detail is not required, through our standard pictorial utility mapping reports. Our reporting consistently details the type and depth of the following utilities and features:
• Gas and water utilities
• Sewage pipes
• Steel reinforcement
• Fibre optic and communication cables
• All forms of power conduits, both metal and plastic
• Above ground utility features such as sewer/power/communication lids, substations, poles, etc.
We can also use our utility mapping capabilities to capture and report:
• Block or worksite boundaries
• Any other above surface features which are customisable to the customer’s requirements.
What are the benefits of GPS Utility Mapping for reporting the results of Located Underground Utilities?
The quality of any underground utility locating service comes down to how accurately the results are captured and communicated to stakeholders. LiveLocates experienced operators use state-of-the-art GIS technology ensuring you are guaranteed accuracy every time.
Unlike traditional surveying techniques, LiveLocates GPS utility mapping can map out and report clearly on utilities regardless of weather of conditions. Whether in local urban areas or expansive regional areas, LiveLocates can still measure positions outside the sight of survey stations and give accurate results.
GPS utility mapping is much faster than its predecessors, providing accurate reporting almost instantaneously on its surroundings. LiveLocates can get data to your teams faster to boost your productivity. With these fast response and report times, our customers are in the strongest position to win bids on jobs and complete them on time and on budget.
With almost everything needed fitting in the palm of the technician’s hand, LiveLocates GPS utility mapping can help extend to worksites of any nature. The handheld devices allow us to complete work over a wide area with ease and across all terrains.
Turning Site Surveying into Effective Reports
However, these equipment benefits are meaningless without quality reporting back to the customer of the captured information. LiveLocates can extrapolate this GPS data to produce a range of reports and detailed information depending on the customer’s requirements, as well as providing the raw data directly to our customers for integration into their GIS systems or CAD design programmes. Our customers use this actionable data to plan projects as well as manage their construction teams on site. Whether you are collecting new asset data or updating existing data, LiveLocates makes it easy.
How is GPS Utility Mapping so accurate?
LiveLocates uses GPS devices with HxGN SmartNet enabled, a global GNSS positioning system that gives precision between 1-10cm depending on conditions. Gone are the days of hauling around two bulky GPS receivers, several batteries, and cables, two radios, a tripod and a pole, and then needing to set up their own base for each project.
Now, HxGN network users simply carry a paired GPS or GNSS receiver with either a modem or a mobile phone and use that to quickly access a network of permanent reference stations to begin mapping accurately.
How much do these services cost?
Our GPS Utility Mapping service is our gold standard level of reporting and is available to all customers regardless of the size of their project. There are additional charges for this level of reporting over our standard pictorial reports which are included at no additional charge, however those customers who have engaged our services to produce this level of report have quickly seen the benefit in the availability of data that they can incorporate into their own plans as well as the larger scale view provided in the format of these plans. For more information on how GPS reporting can assist you with your projects or to get your quote, give us a call on 1300 517 062 or via an online enquiry through the Contact Us page on this website.
Where do LiveLocates service?
Our utility locating and utility mapping services extend right across the South Coast of NSW and into the Canberra region. More specifically:
NSW South Coast – Nowra, Huskisson, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden
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