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Utility Tracing Including use of Precision Locators

Utility Tracing Including use of Precision Locators

ESS Utility tracing courses focus on the use of multi frequency locate systems and how operators such as utility service coordinators, utility supervisors or engineers can get the best outcome when using this specialist equipment

CITB grant may be available for organisations registered with the Construction Industry Training Board

Utility Tracing Including use of Precision Locators

Focussing on utility tracing products and established safe systems of works the course aims to provide delegates with sufficient information, knowledge and confidence to conduct a utility survey and mark up.

The course encourages delegate participation throughout the day with open discussions on best practices, use of accessories and techniques aimed to get the best performance from the equipment.

Course Duration: 1 day - 6 guided learning hours

Course Locations:  Aberdeen, Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Castleford, Manchester, Wellingborough, Rainham, Heathrow, Southampton, Exeter. ESS are also able to offer Nationwide onsite Training subject to availability and necessary.

Theoretical Content
Theoretical Content
  • Overview of multi frequency locators (RD8200) and Signal Transmitters (TX range) 
  • Review of the locator and transmitters menu options, product configuration and test
  • Use of the locators detect options and antenna configuration including peak, null and combined options
  • Effective use of the signal transmitter frequency range 
  • Using the locator and signal transmitter to conduct a comprehensive utility scan and trace 
  • Utility depth estimation and the importance of accuracy
  • Identifying complex situations including signal symmetry/distortion and how this can influence the locate outcome 
  • Use of accessories to improve the tracing of buried utilities including the use of sondes
  • System integration with third party or allied products for utility mapping, or product control via Bluetooth connectivity
  • Relative health and safety guidance including HSG47 and the need to work within and maintain a safe system of work
Practical Content
Practical Content
  • Product familiarisation and pre use checks.
  • Assessing site safety 
  • Use of utility maps and/or observational based evidence of utilities.
  • Use of the locator to conduct an initial utility scan & mark up.
  • Use of the signal transmitter in induction and connection modes
  • Use of the locator and transmitter to further interrogate the area including depth estimates and nulling utilities out
  • Use of the locators antenna configuration to identify suitable detect styles
  • Analysing the locator performance to gain an understanding of the locate accuracy 
  • Review of the survey process against utility maps and observation based assessment  
  • Final knowledge Q&A assessment

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