Each year, the U.S. sustains approximately $30 billion worth of buried utility line damage. Most of that damage is preventable with better utility line location and education of the importance of marking subsurface utility lines before beginning an excavation project.
Ground penetrating radar (GPR) provides insights into what lies below the ground and how deep it is buried with incredible accuracy to prevent disrupting utility lines or presenting safety hazards for construction companies and homeowners.
While 811 call-before-you-dig services meet legal requirements for companies and individuals before digging on a property, flagging a property to show where lines are located often doesn’t provide enough information.
These services generally use an electromagnetic (EM) line locator that simply tells people where utility lines are located without providing additional information about those lines. The positioning data that EM provides is less accurate than GPR, which can show accuracy down to an inch.
Learn more about GPR and how and when to use these services.
How Does Ground Penetrating Radar Work?
Ground penetrating radar sends radio signals into the ground. This creates a subsurface image of what is below the surface to inform contractors or homeowners about the exact location, depth and size of utility lines.
The radio signals are pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that go through an antenna into the ground. Then the reflected signals detect structures below the surface.
GPR can help detect:
- Underground utilities
- Post-tension cables
- Rock obstructions
- Groundwater tables
Benefits of GPR Utility Locating Services
Hiring a GPR utility locating service before excavating or digging on a property has many benefits. For homeowners, it also offers a clearer understanding of how buried utility lines will impact a project and greater insights into how deep below the surface the utility lines are.
Here are some reasons why you should hire a GPR utility locating service before your next project.
- Protect the safety of all construction workers and residents nearby
- Keep construction projects on budget
- Maintain project timelines by avoiding disruptions
- Gain a near-perfect view of what is below the surface and where
- Locates more than just utility lines to provide greater insights into excavation projects
- Does not require disrupting the surface to get results
- Protects landscaping and the grounds from disruption to keep the property beautiful
- Provides a grid view of the property subsurface, which can be used in future projects as well
- It costs less than other methods for accurate utility location
Who Can Benefit from GPR?
Ground penetrating radar benefits residents and workers alike. Hitting a utility line can cause a disruption that harms not just the contracted workers, but those who live, work or even walk nearby a digging or excavation site.
These are some of the people we partner with to provide an accurate view of what’s below the ground’s surface.
- General contractors
Know with incredible accuracy where you can safely dig, by contacting ACS Underground Solutions today (24/7). We’ll show you the depth, direction and distance of underground utilities. This fast, accurate service is cost-effective and uses the most advanced tools and technology to provide you with the greatest confidence for your next project.
Ground Penetrating Radar
ACS Underground Solutions is private family owned consulting company with decades of experience and expertise in Water Line Leak Detection, Underground Utility Locating with GPR, Underground Storage Tank Locating, Concrete Imaging & Scanning, Drain Pipe Inspections and Infrared Thermal Imaging Services. Additionally we can locate Underground Storage Tanks, perform Concrete Imaging & Scanning with Ground Penetrating Radar, Video Pipe Inspections of Drain Lines and Sewer Lines and Thermal Imaging Services. ACS Underground Solutions serves Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
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