Basic Principles of Buried Utility Detection

Undertaking any excavation project requires various prerequisites which have to be taken before the burying process can be finally started. The presence of complex wiring connections for telecommunication data and electricity transfer makes it difficult for the excavators to straight away dig holes into the ground without worrying about damaging a useful hidden utility. None of us wants to end up with a utility strike that is not only costly to bring back to its original state but can also create chances of safety hazards for people in the surrounding area. This is the reason most excavators determine all the possible routes of wires or cables that are spread below the ground by using underground cable detectors.

Most recent commercial and residential property projects have well-described documents that specify the exact map of the buried cable network. Tracing hidden utilities can be a difficult task when you don’t have any authentic route documentation to follow as you mainly have to rely upon the signals being captured by the receiver of the device. Non-energized wiring system is hard to detect by a traditional underground detectors as it mainly searches for alternating current radiations to navigate through the ground.

In such cases radio transmitters can be used to detect the magnetic waves passively that might be still present around the cables that were installed long time ago. Orbital-Underground-Service-Location is known for its expertise in the field and their staff is trained to provide technical services such as water leak detection and pipe location. Induction method can be applied in conditions when it is not preferable to bury the ground prior to the detection of hidden utilities such as electricity wires. On the other hand, direct connection method is most effective way of transmitting radiation towards the other end of the cable.