GPRS Mapped Out Utilities on a Saratoga Springs Mansion - NY

A General Contractor had an excavation project at a mansion in Saratoga Springs, NY. The scope of the project was to map out all utilities in an approximate 300 ft proposed trench line prior to excavating. The General Contractor decided to contact Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Massachusetts after learning that they have been in business since 2001 and each technician has the experience of performing over 350 surveys per year. GPRS was able to complete the investigation that same week and allowed the project to proceed without delay. GPRS uses real time applications and were experienced enough to be able to locate all of the utilities in the area to avoid hitting anything whilst digging and ensuring everyone’s safety.

All of the utilities that we found were marked with spray paint and flags and given a depth. GPRS Technicians also utilize a Radio Detection device in order to be able to detect all live power and radio frequencies to help determine if a utility is an electric or communications line to help give the Contractor as much information as possible. There were multiple electric and communications lines running out of the transformers into one of the buildings through the scan area, as well as electric from light posts running across the parking lot. Drainage and water lines also ran through the sight as well as unknown utilities. I also climbed down a manhole, latched a radio detection frequency onto a water line, and traced it out on the pavement. It appeared to run beneath a different utility that could also be seen in the manhole. Enough utilities were found at various depths throughput their proposed trench that the excavators are debating finding an alternate route with less traffic. GPRS gave the General Contractor pivotal information and they could now proceed with the project with the peace of mind knowing where all of the utilities were and at what depth they were at prior to digging. The General Contractor was enamored with the quality of work that was performed and the timely, efficient manner in which it was done.

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