Underground Utilities Detection

Using high-precision Ground Probing Radar (GPR) surveys, we can eliminate the risk of utility damage. Our underground detection equipment enables us to provide you with comprehensive underground utility surveys, showing position type and depth of service networks in relation to design features, such as building foundations or proposed service routes.

Our Underground Utilities Detection Surveys identify underground services, including the pipes, cables and equipment associated with electricity, gas, water (including piped sewerage) and telecommunications. By understanding what is underground, designers and developers are able to make informed decisions regarding the position of new utilities and what to do with the existing – possibly densely packed – cabling and pipes.

Key Benefits

  • Allows the communication of the constraints of the underground services environment
  • Ensures the health and safety of contractors and the public, by reducing time spent on site and the risk of harm from service strikes
  • Utility damage is minimised, as our surveyors know what type of service is located where and their positions and have a clear understanding of service adoptions and diversions
  • Our surveyors are aware of factors such as reinstatement scars, indicating where previous street works have been carried out, which can highlight significant changes
  • Reduces CDM costs and helps keep the project on track and within budget. Our utility surveys comply with up to Level 4 of PAS 128 and TSA Utility Survey Guidance Notes


  • Robust, reliable 2D or 3D sub-surface surveys
  • Collation and on-site analysis of statutory records/guide drawings
  • Electromagnetic devices locate and map metallic or live buried services
  • Use of GPR establishes position and depth of non-metallic, fibre optic and plastic buried services
  • Production of a topographical base plan illustrating the position of the underground services, if requested
  • Accurate, scaled, colour coordinated presentation of the site as it exists
  • Production of a survey report outlining confidence levels

We’ve engaged Powers on survey projects in the past and have always been very impressed with their efficiency and professionalism. They share our ambition and we were able to communicate directly with the owner and discuss our requirements for this complex and large scale project.

Phil Jones Senior Project Manager, Peel Land and Property

Get in touch

Need a quote or some more information? Call 01928 734 473 or send us a message via the form.

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