|GPR for Utility Locating - An essential tool in the locator’s toolbox
Underground utility locaters are growing increasingly complex. In addition to metallic utilities, a new generation of non-metallic utilities such as fibre optic cables and PVC piping as well as increased density of buried assets has created a more challenging underground locating situation. Despite growing awareness around safe excavation processes, hundreds of thousands of damages continue to be reported each year across Canada and the U.S. In response to these challenges, utility locators need a broader range of locating methods to effectively meet these challenges.
GPR Activities Generally Focus On:
- Clearing ( in other words- identifying all subsurface features) an area of unknown underground obstructions before excavating
- Verifying as-built records and historical plans to confirm the precise location of known buried infrastructure
- Developing detailed maps of underground infrastructure for design purposes. Utility locators now treat GPR (ground penetrating radar) as an essential device to be used along side the traditional EMI (toning) cable and pipe locating devices. GPR uses radio waves to image and locate a wide variety of subsurface features, much like a fish-finder and is particularly effective for detecting non-metallic structures.
The Future Is Here
The LMX200 is the premier GPR locating tool in the market today. Sensors & Software’s new and breakthrough dynamic target enhancement technology, DynaT, is like 3 GPR’s in one. DynaT optimizes views of shallow, medium and deep targets. These views can be toggled by the user and displayed individually or together, giving you unprecedented insights and target confidence. LMX200 “Locate & Mark” functionality makes it possible to quickly and accurately locate buried pipes and cables onsite.
Unlike conventional cable locating devices that require metal pipes and cables to carry electrical current, GPR can detect plastic, asbestos and concrete pipes and structures in addition to metallic ones. Further, target depth can be estimated using a simple calibration that leverages instrument positioning and signal travel time. When outfitted with GPS and feature-tagging data loggers, you can create a locating record as part of the standard locating and marking activity and avoids safety risks, utility damage and other costly mistakes.
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The LMX200 provides enhanced capabilities in a system designed with the future in mind; everything from daily locate and mark use right up to tasks with professional utility locators, engineers and surveyors. Learn How To Expand Your Business With The LMX200.
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