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Utility Location

Utility scanning using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) or other techniques is done in a variety of settings, essentially anywhere underground utilities may be present and need to be identified. On Target Construction helps you avoid costly mistakes.

Target Construction can help you accurately, reliably, and economically locate utilities in areas such as:  

  • Construction sites
  • Urban areas
  • Industrial areas
  • Public parks and open spaces
  • Airports and railways
  • Roads and highways



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What are utility location services?

Utility location services are specialized services that help in identifying and mapping the location of underground utilities such as water, gas, electrical, telecommunications, sewer, and other lines. This is achieved using a variety of technologies including ground-penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic locators, and other specialized equipment.

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Why is it important to use utility location services before starting a construction project?

Using utility location services before starting a construction project is crucial to prevent damage to underground utilities, which could cause service disruptions, costly repairs, and potentially dangerous situations. By knowing the exact location of utilities, construction teams can plan their work around these existing structures, reducing the risk of accidental damage.

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Can utility location services detect all types of underground utilities?

Most utility location services can detect a wide range of utility types, including metallic and non-metallic utilities. However, the effectiveness can vary depending on the specific technology used and the depth and material of the utility. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), for example, can detect both metallic and non-metallic utilities, while electromagnetic locators are generally more effective for metallic utilities.

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How accurate are utility location services?

The accuracy of utility location services can depend on a variety of factors including the technology used, the depth and material of the utility, and the soil conditions. Generally, these services can provide a high degree of accuracy in locating and mapping utilities, although they may not always provide precise depth estimates. It's always important to use experienced and reputable service providers to ensure the highest level of accuracy.

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Are utility location services required by law?

In many regions, it's legally required to locate and mark utilities before starting any kind of construction or excavation work that could potentially damage these utilities. Even if not legally required, it's considered best practice to use these services as part of safe and responsible construction management. Laws and regulations can vary by region, so it's important to understand the requirements in your specific area.

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