GPRS Used to Help Excavators Avoid Utilities When Digging - West Warwick, RI

A General Contractor had an excavation project in West Warwick, RI on a busy roadway. The scope of the project was to map out all utilities in the road prior to them trenching across the road from a pole to an electric manhole. The General Contractor decided to contact Ground Penetrating Radar Systems of Rhode Island 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 the next day 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. The General Contractor asked GPRS to mark out all utilities in white paint.

All of the utilities that we found were marked with spray paint 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, as well as water, and an unknown line that could not be traced back to anything. The General Contractor wanted to trench right alongside the electrical conduit they knew was running across the road, and GPRS pinpointed the center point of the conduit and marked the depth to the line. 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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