What is Utility Mapping?
Utility mapping is a specialized process that identifies, positions, and documents underground utility infrastructure such as cables, pipes, gas lines and other conduits.
Detailed utility maps provide valuable data which can assist engineers and project managers in cost estimation, planning, design, and project execution ensuring the safe execution of work while minimizing conflicts and risks.
Importance of Utility mapping
Utility mapping is crucial in many construction and excavation projects to avoid damaging existing underground utilities, which may result in service disruptions, costly repairs, and potential safety hazards.
GIS and Survey Specialistics
SoftDig® is equipped with Total Station surveying equipment, handheld GPS, antennae, and desktop CAD/GIS software. Using this equipment, our GIS and Survey Specialists are capable of producing high quality utility maps. The antennae we connect to our GPS units allow us to produce shapefiles accurate to 5 cm post-processing.
Whether using traditional survey methods, or using GPS survey, the experts at SoftDig® are capable of providing the highest quality CAD/GIS deliverables. While we frequently use traditional survey methods to produce deliverables, our mapping grade GIS deliverables are growing in popularity. There is a small drop in accuracy between the two, but this allows us to provide utility mapping of large sites in much less time than necessary using traditional survey methods.
Precise GPS/GIS Services
The GPS/GIS services provided by SoftDig® are still produced with precision accuracy down to 5 cm, and it allows us to provide clients with an array of GIS products to our clients (e.g. maps, Google Earth compatible KMZ files, and geodatabases). The accuracy and variety are both important, because the work our clients do are often important to the improvement and development of social and economic climates on local to global scales. Setbacks on such projects can have major consequences, so the additional data allows our clients to proceed with their projects with confidence.
The eminently accurate CAD/GIS outputs produced by SoftDig®, attributed to the decisive work of our employees, is useful in many ways. These services SoftDig® produces have been used in property management, real estate, infrastructure improvement, and various other markets. We proudly provide these services in aid to clients’ decision making, conservation, and safety. SoftDig® is happy to be valued as experts in the utility locating field, and to be providing highly accurate deliverables to depict the adept work of our field analysts and technicians.
Benefits of Utility Mapping
- Damage Prevention: By accurately locating, identifying and marking underground utilities before digging, utility mapping helps to prevent accidental strikes that can cause damage to utility lines, leading to expensive repair costs and potential fines.
- Increased Safety: With the correct identification of utilities, workers can plan and execute their work more safely and significantly reduce the risk of accidents or injuries caused by any unexpected encounters with underground utilities.
- Cost Saving: Knowing the exact location of utilities helps in estimating project costs more accurately by reducing unforeseen circumstances. Avoiding unnecessary repairs also reduces additional costs.
- Efficient Planning: Utility maps provide crucial data for construction planning. It provides contractors and engineers with a comprehensive view of the underground infrastructure.
- Time Saving: Utility mapping saves time and resources during construction or excavation. By knowing precisely where each utility line is located, companies can increase their efficiency and productivity.
- Reduces Service Disruption: When utilities are disrupted due to accidental strikes, this often results in a loss of key services such as electricity, Internet, or water supply. Utility mapping can prevent such inconveniences.
- Regulatory Compliance: Utility mapping may be a regulatory requirement in some regions before starting construction or excavation work.
- Assists in Future Projects: Utility maps can serve as a valuable resource for future projects, providing a reference point and saving time during the pre-construction phase.