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New! Introducing Service Appointment Reservations
We understand that construction schedules can change at the drop
What is an Unlocatable Utility?
A while back we published an article titled What is an
What does electromagnetic mean for utility locating?
There are several technologies for underground utility locating companies to
Subsurface Utility Engineering vs. Private Utility Locating
You may be wondering what the difference is between Subsurface
What is an Unknown Utility?
When hiring a private underground utility locating company, you expect
Why doesn’t Call 811 locate all utilities?
The common misconception with most state-run 811 (call before you
What is meant by EOI?
When locating underground utilities, we may occasionally designate a utility
How Utility Locating Equipment Works
There are many types of utility locating equipment available in
Minimum PPE for Vacuum Excavation Work
Safety on the job site is everyone’s responsibility. We take
The hidden costs of underground utility damage
The results are in. The release of last month’s Common Ground

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Utility Locating Company in Philadelphia

New! Introducing Service Appointment Reservations

We understand that construction schedules can change at the drop of a hat. One email from your client can change everything, which is why we’re introducing reservations. If you’re not sure if the date you need to have Utility Locating Services performed on is going to work, or if you’re

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What is an unlocatable utility?

What is an Unlocatable Utility?

A while back we published an article titled What is an Unknown Utility? The publication covered the topic of unknown utilities, and what they mean. In this article, however, we want to discuss a different type of obstacle both excavators and utility locating companies must face: unlocatable utilities. On the face, the definition

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What does electromagnetic mean for utility locating?

There are several technologies for underground utility locating companies to utilize when searching for subsurface utilities, and electromagnetic equipment is the most common, and in most scenarios the most effective. How does electromagnetic equipment work? Electromagnetic equipment works by detecting the magnetic field around a utility system that is produced

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Subsurface Utility Engineering

Subsurface Utility Engineering vs. Private Utility Locating

You may be wondering what the difference is between Subsurface Utility Engineering and Private Locating. After all, both services include finding underground pipes and cables by connecting to them using electromagnetic locating equipment or ground penetrating radar. Both services will often mark the location of the utility with paint and

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Utility Locating Services

What is an Unknown Utility?

When hiring a private underground utility locating company, you expect that they will find all of the underground utilities present within the project or location that you have requested. Often times, however, they may report that there is an “unknown utility” present. But what does that mean? Surely someone must

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Why doesn’t Call 811 locate all utilities?

The common misconception with most state-run 811 (call before you dig) programs is that they locate underground utilities for free. The fact, however, is that the 811 system doesn’t locate utilities at all. It is simply a distribution hub that notifies utility companies that someone is digging or planning to

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What is an EOI?

What is meant by EOI?

When locating underground utilities, we may occasionally designate a utility to an unknown termination point. We will label this as EOI (End of Information). We will label this in paint on the ground, as well on any sketch, report, or drawing deliverable we provide. We use this term because it accurately describes

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How Utility Locating Equipment Works

There are many types of utility locating equipment available in the market these days. Utility Locator, LLC utilizes both electromagnetic and ground penetrating radar equipment to successfully locate most underground utilities on your project or construction sites. Although advancements in technologies have made the equipment much more reliable recently, the theories and

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Minimum PPE for Vacuum Excavation Work

Safety on the job site is everyone’s responsibility. We take safety very seriously. Here is the minimum safety personal protective equipment (PPE) you need when working on or in the vicinity of a vacuum excavation truck while it is excavating utility test holes. Hard Hat This is the most common

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Utility Locating Services

The hidden costs of underground utility damage

The results are in. The release of last month’s Common Ground Alliance 2016 DIRT Report is a sobering reminder about how important it is to excavate safely around underground utilities. The CGA reports that 56% of utility damages are the result of insufficient excavation practices, and an additional 16% were the result

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Telephone Utility Damage

Utility Damage Costs Rise 20 Percent in 2016

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has released it’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report for year 2016. The report covers damages to underground utilities and structures, and the numbers are not good. The CGA finds that damages to underground utilities has increased, with a total of 379,000 reported utility damages in 2016. This is a 20%

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What is the APWA Uniform Color Code?

The American Public Works Administration (APWA®) is a non-profit organization of companies, public works agencies, and individuals, and is headquartered in Kansas City, MO. APWA® also has a field office located in Washington, D.C. The APWA® Uniform Color Code is a marking guideline that is universal and should be used by all

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Effectiveness of GPR for Locating Underground Utilities

Ground penetrating radar can be a great tool for utility location services, but how accurate is it? Is it the Holy Grail of utility locating? The end-all be-all solution that will find everything? Manufactures of Ground Penetrating Radar equipment will have you believe that the device is capable of detecting almost anything underground,

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Concrete Imaging Radar vs. X-Ray

Compare Concrete X-Ray with GPR

We are frequently asked if we can x-ray concrete floors, walls, and columns. The simple answer is no, we cannot, nor do we want to. Using x-ray technology to scan concrete surfaces is very difficult due to the risk of radiation exposure from x-ray. Using ground penetrating radar technology in lieu of

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Forensic GPR Survey for Graves

Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Forensic Investigation

Ground Penetrating Radar is a great tool for locating underground utilities and structures, but it can have a big impact locating other underground objects as well. GPR technology is non-invasive, which means that it does not disturb the objects that are buried below. In addition to locating underground utilities, GPR is

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What are Private Underground Utilities?

If you have used the Call 811 system before, you have likely encountered a response that alerted you to the existence of private underground utilities. What are private utilities? And who will locate them? The truth is, no matter where you plan to excavate, the risk of damaging a private utility is

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How we locate underground storage tanks

You may need to know the location of an underground storage tank (UST) for any number of reasons. Perhaps you are trying to buy or sell a new home or property, or perhaps you need to confirm if the tank has been decommissioned. Thankfully, Locating underground storage tanks is possible with the use of

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Utility Mark Out Services

What are these little colored flags in my yard?

If you found this article, chances are that you have just discovered a new set of colored little flags in your yard, but your not sure why. Although we can’t specifically answer your question here, we can help shed some light on a few of the possibilities about what is

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Drill Rig

How we clear a soil boring for underground utilities

There is always the risk of damaging underground utilities, especially when you are drilling for samples or installing wells. The most expensive utility damages often occur in the least likely locations. This makes employing the use of underground utility locating services critical to your project’s success. Utility Locator, LLC clears soil boring

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