How to Use Underground Pipe & Cable Location Systems


Pipe and cable locators are used to identify buried services such as cable lines, sewers, gas and water lines. Most of these are buried underground so careful planning when unearthing or excavating is needed as a strike into one of these services may be risky and dangerous. The CAT or the Cable Avoidance Tool, helps professional locators to identify buried services by detecting signals coming from these metallic infrastructure. The CAT has 3 basic uses; Power, Radio and Genny modes.
The Power mode is used to detect power signals from loaded electric cables, the Radio mode is used to detect radio signals from buried pipes and cables from radio and communication lines and the Genny mode is used to detect buried conductors, like valves, sockets and plugs.
For small non-metallic pipes, the Flexitrace is used for detection. The Flexitrace is a flexible fiberglass rod which can locate non-metallic pipes and ducts up to 3000 mm in depths. Together with Flexitrace, Genny can generate signal through wire conductors using the length of the Flexitrace of 50-100m. Read more about the CAT here

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