Underground Utility Locating
Underground Utility Locating quickly & accurately finds underground services and their location
Drain Solutions – Underground Utility Locating
Drain Solutions are specialist Underground Utility Locators in Melbourne.
We use state-of-the-art locating equipment and techniques. This allows us to locate conductive underground utility services – power, water and communications.
We can quickly and accurately determine what services are underground and where they are located.
Drains Solutions will mark out the alignment and depth of the service. This is done on top of the ground using ground marking paint.
This marking allows the service to be referenced by the contractors on site for further work.
We also supply a detailed written report with media to advise you of the utilities located.
This information is also helpful for future reference as it identifies the underground utilities.
Further to our locating services, we can expose the underground utilities using hydro excavation.
We use Non-Destructive Digging (NDD) or vacuum excavation using our hydro vacuum truck. This allows us to safely expose the exact location of underground services to establish safe digging areas.
Drain Solutions is a specialist in all areas of utility locating services and damage prevention of underground utilities.
All works are carried out in accordance with AS5488-2013 ‘Classification of Subsurface Utility Information’.
Radio Frequency Pipe & Cable Locators
Drain Solutions has the latest and most up-to-date radio frequency pipe locator and cable locator.
Using this equipment we can identify underground utilities.
This includes domestic water, fire services, gas networks, high voltage and low voltage electrical networks, telecommunications, stormwater and sewer assets.
We can offer an accurate and reliable underground utility locating service when coupled with our potholing technique.
Both techniques allow the determination of pipe depth and alignment.
Dial Before You Dig is an essential service when locating underground utilities. You must have current Dial Before You Dig plans on-site before you begin any earthworks.
Contact us today on 1300 546 348 and let us organise, print and prepare up-to-date Dial Before You Dig plans for you. We will bring the plans to site with us, then locate your underground asset.
How does Drain Solutions locate Telstra & Optus communication lines?
Drain Solutions is a Dial Before You Dig certified locator. We are also a Telstra & Optus Accredited Plant Locator in copper & optic fibre.
Drain Solutions use electronic transmitting equipment, to trace and locate buried assets. This is done without disruption to actual communication lines.
If the conduit has an optic fibre inside, or it is an empty conduit, we can insert a fibreglass rod. This will carry our locating signal through the pipe.
We are then able to use our cable locator to trace the conduit. This gives an accurate alignment and depth of the underground asset.
How are drains and pipes located using Drain Solutions locating service?
For small diameter stormwater & sewer drains and pipes up to 100 metres in length, we use our CCTV push camera.
Our CCTV Tractor Camera can be used for larger diameter pipes up to 100 metres in length between manholes.
Our drain cameras have a sonde fitted to them which transmits a signal. This allows our pipe locator to trace the signal. We then have an accurate alignment and depth of the underground drain.
To locate PVC water pipes we use our hydro truck to excavate and expose the pipe. This is known as the potholing method.
This allows visual identification and accurate location and depth of the pipe or asset.