Subsurface Utility Engineering and Locating

KCI’s subsurface utility engineering (SUE) professionals deliver quality, accurate mapping of existing underground utilities, helping clients avoid costly utility conflicts or construction delays caused by unknown or misrepresented utilities. Services include:

  • Subsurface utility designating and locating
  • Vacuum excavation
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Subsurface utility mapping
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Underground utility locating
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Utility Locating Services, Pasco County, Florida

In response to infrastructure improvements, community resource expansions, and population increases, many municipalities are finding it necessary to consider upgrades and/or relocations to their existing utilities. Efforts to improve the utility systems have historically been delayed due to unreliable or unavailable documents, a necessity when attempting to navigate utility buried lines and pipes. This lack of information can cause a multitude of problems including scheduling delays, budget increases and safety concerns.

Nationwide, an underground utility is hit every 60 seconds. The annual cost for these damages is in the billions of dollars. Accurate record keeping could save millions of dollars in damages.
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Utility Locating

All requested utility locates are performed by NULCA/UTA Certified Professional Utility Locators with a high degree of coordination, efficiency and quality. In addition, we maintain the most up-to-date utility designating and location equipment on the market. Our capabilities include designating existing utilities using geophysical prospecting techniques that utilize electromagnetic and sonic methodologies and equipment. In addition, we have the in-house capability to obtain accurate horizontal and vertical positions of subsurface utilities by excavating a non-destructive test pit using our vacuum evacuation equipment and vehicles. These preventative services results in:

  • A reduction in construction costs
  • Fewer change orders related to unidentified lines
  • Fewer schedule interruptions
  • Earlier opportunity to adjust design accordingly if conflicts do arise
  • A safer work environment for contractors and the community
  • Improved damage prevention for proximal property/utilities
  • Fewer accounts of hazardous environments due to broken lines or pipes