What all things can utility locating equipment locate underground?

Posted by PCTE on July 4th, 2022

It is not prudent to dig sans caution on any land or property. It is essential and mandatory in some states to use a utility locator to identify any utility lines running subsurface. Utility lines often change position due to changing environmental and weather patterns or soil erosion. By deploying utility locating equipment, the location of underground utilities can be identified without any digging. GPR systems can help precisely identify subsurface utilities. Utility locating equipment is used extensively to read a particular terrainBelow the surface, there might be water pipes, fence wiring, sprinkler lines, and sewer lines. 

GPR Technology


Ground Penetrating Radars are the oft-used non-destructive equipment that helps detect underground utilities. GPR systems serve as essential tools before embarking on a project or house construction to identify the utility lines that might be present underneath. GPR technology harnesses electromagnetic radiation waves to detect the reflected signals from structures lying subsurface. 

GPR systems emit a pulse into the ground, and the returning echoes indicate the presence of subsurface objects. These echoes are recorded to identify variations. GPR software can translate the recorded data into images that lie underground. GPR can cover a large area and is safe for use in project sites or public locations. The ground remains undisturbed, and any structures or landscaping does not get destroyed.

Utility Locating Equipment

Utility locating equipment help locate important items that are underground. These could range from natural materials and concrete to plastic, PVC, and metal. This technology also helps identify rock, ice, soil, and freshwater.


Deploying utility locating equipment facilitates the identification of:

  • Groundwater tables
  • Rocks
  • Utility lines and pipes located underground
  • Bedrock
  • Air pocket
  • Telecom cables
  • Metallic utilities
  • Armoured telecommunication cables 

Harnessing utility locating equipment before embarking on a construction or building activity can help in many ways:


v  The exact location of buried utilities provides site workers clarity during the excavation process.

v  Utility detection and mapping help gain a clear picture of the infrastructure is so utility maintenance can be well-planned.

v  Utility mapping with a topological survey will give a detailed picture of the substrate.

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PCTE supplies a range of equipment from around the world to offer you a one stop shop with all the latest equipment. Concrete Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) comprises testing a property of concrete, largely without damaging the concrete to assess some parameter that either directly or indirectly provides a required characteristic of the concrete or its embedment. For more details, you can contact us on the website.

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