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Underground Utility Locating Services in BC

 Accidentally hitting a public utility, such as cable lines, natural gas, or a water main, is not only dangerous but costly to repair. As lighter plastics are being used to support utilities, it is becoming more difficult to detect underground utilities with standard locating equipment. 

If the nature or ground composition of your worksite makes it a challenge to locate hidden utilities in Salmon Arm and the surrounding region, you can call in the state-of-the-art ground-penetrating radar (GPR) locating services of Ironman Directional Drilling Ltd. We can assist you with dependable utility locating and GPR scanning services in BC.

For help in locating utility and non-utility structures that are undetectable using standard techniques,
call Ironman Directional Drilling. Our advanced ground-penetrating radar services are available to all areas of the Okanagan Valley, Fraser Valley, and BC Interior. 

What Are Utility Locating Services in BC?

Every time you need to dig into the ground, there is a chance that you might hit underground utility pipes and wires. Damaging them can be very dangerous, as gas lines can burst and electrical power lines can cause electrocution or fire. 
Utility locating service is a specialized industry used as a safe way to locate utility lines before excavation begins. Utility locating services are often most commonly associated with locating water and sewer lines, but they encompass other services as well.
The process often uses electric currents to locate underground utilities, which allows for a much quicker and more cost-effective process than traditional methods. 


How Does GPR Scanning Work?

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) works by sending out radio waves that can penetrate the ground. They bounce off objects and return to the antennae, where they are processed electronically into a visual image. The results can be saved onto a computer that displays shapes and lines and shows what is under the ground. This process is known as GPR scanning. GPR scanning helps locate the utilities without disturbing the ground. 

Benefits of GPR Scanning for Utility Location

Before starting any construction project, it is essential to locate any possible utilities hidden underneath the ground. GPR scanning is one of the safest ways to do so.
GPR scanning comes with the following benefits:

  • It is a non-destructive way of locating utilities underground. 

  • The method is both fast and cost-effective. 

  • It offers less risk to businesses and protects them against the damage of underground conduits. 


If you are looking for safe and efficient utility locating and GPR scanning services in BC, please reach out to our team at Ironman Directional Drilling. 

Advanced Ground-Scanning Capabilities

We use the premier ground-penetrating radar on the market today — the LMX200™ from Sensors & Software Inc. This advanced GPR can detect non-metallic pipes, such as PVC, asbestos cement, and the latest lightweight polymers. The LMX200™ can detect and map:

  • Concrete storm and sewer systems

  • Utilities with failed tracers

  • Subsurface storage tanks and drainage tiles

  • Septic system components

The LMX200™ can even locate non-utility subsurface structures, including vaults, foundation walls, and concrete pads, all of which can damage excavation equipment and slow the pace of your work if uncovered by accident.


3D Depth Slices

For complex sites, the LMX200™ can create 3D depth slice images that reveal the orientation of pipes and cables at various depths. These depth slices will also outline the extent of vaults, foundations, and buried tanks.


On-Site and Remote Reporting

The LMX200™ uses an internal GPS system compatible with internal GPS reports and Google Earth™. We can produce on-site reports that include screen captures, lines, grids, and map view information. Fast reporting means your team can quickly assess your worksite’s needs and make a fast, yet confident decision. Data and reports can even be transmitted remotely to your off-site location.

Utility Locating and GPR Scanning Services in BC

Our team offers reliable services to help you complete your project safely and efficiently. 

What We Do

With certified welders on staff, Ironman Directional Drilling can assist you with all of the following services:

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