Construction, as in the building of structures and the profession in general has never been considered to be one of the easier fields of work that you can go into. Sure, when we were kids a lot of us thought that it would be incredibly cool to drive a bulldozer or go on a 40 story building while it still only had its skeleton and no walls or windows. As we grew up though, and found out that we couldn’t even drive a car properly or go to the 3rd floor without getting hit by vertigo, it actually occurred to a lot of us that this sort of job is pretty dangerous. Luckily, there are plenty of different tools that can help make it a bit safer for everyone involved.
One of the most useful tools in the field of “creating a safer work environment” is the underground service location equipment. This tool is not only portable and easy to move around and use, but it serves a function that is a must-have on any construction site.
The function of the underground service location equipment is to detect any sort of pipes or cables that may be under the location where the building that is planned is going to be put up. There really is no difference if the buried utilities in question are a phone line, a water main or anything of the sort, the bottom line is – if it’s underground, it can be found.
While there are many different types of this device, they can generally work in one of two ways. One, they can be directly attached to a point of the cable that is above ground and trace the length of it from that point of contact. Two, they can send a signal underground and get an image of what lies beneath by whether or not the signal is bounced back.
One of the most useful features of the underground service location equipment is that it removes the need for explorative excavation. What I mean by this is that by using it, the ground no longer needs to be dug up in order to check for any hazards underneath before the construction of the building even starts. This saves time that can be used to instead put up a whole floor or two, and it minimizes the chances of a worker getting injured by performing such an excavation.
These devices are an incredible benefit to any construction site not only for the reasons mentioned above, but also for how drastically they improve the levels of productivity during the starting stages of the construction, which are always the slowest periods of work.