FAQ

We answer the most common questions asked by our customers.

Usually yes. Provided ground conditions are suitable, radar will pick up plastic utilities by detecting the interface between the plastic duct/pipe and the contents of the utility.

Canada’s energy future lies in the oil sands. Our country possesses approximately 170 billion barrels of oil that can be recovered with today’s technology. Of that number, 165 billion barrels are located in the oil sands.

This is a radar set which uses more than one detection frequency at once. Best practice for GPR surveying requires the use of 2 frequencies. Older and cheaper radar systems only have a single frequency and as such it is necessary to perform each survey twice, thus taking twice as long to do each survey.

This is the current standard for utility detection, it provides a guide to the accuracies attainable by various detection methods, the survey types suitable for different environments and applications and the standards to which surveys should be conducted. All our surveyors are fully conversant with this standard and apply it to their work.

Generally the maximum depth for tracing a sewer is 15m by the usual method of introducing a radio transmitter called a sonde into the pipe and pushing or floating it along the length requiring tracing. (The sonde can also be towed by or built into a pipeline inspection cctv crawler) For large diameter pipes there is also the option of performing a traverse through the pipe using an EDM or laser scanner in the same way as you would carry out a topographical survey on the surface. Survey stations are set up in the pipe or culvert, referenced to control stations on the surface and the pipe surveyed accurately. Although this method is very accurate it is a large undertaking as a confined space entry by several people is required. Select surveys are qualified and highly experienced in both of these approaches.

With our large workforce based throughout the country we can carry out survey work throughout the British Isles and internationally if so required.

Yes, as most locations are traffic sensitive our surveyors are all qualified to provide basic traffic management to protect and manage their works. In addition we can provide far larger and more complex TM solutions as required on a project by project basis.

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