Services

SERVICES

Utility Location Services

UTILITY LOCATING

We locate all types of conductive buried lines via electromagnetic induction equipment. This includes telephone, coaxial cable, fiber optic cables (when they are jacketed or accompanied by a tracer wire), power, and gas lines. We can also locate most water, sewer, and storm drain lines using various techniques.

Utility Locating Company

LAND SURVEYING & UTILITY MAPPING

Upon request, we can survey the locations and attributes of each of the utilities that we locate and produce quality maps. We can provide maps or other digital survey location data in various formats compatible with AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Google Maps, etc. We have the ability to locate using a variety of GPS and conventional survey methods and have a licensed land surveyor who supervises all mapping services.

Utility Locator

WATER LEAK DETECTION

Finding water leaks is more than half the battle in repairing them, and it takes years of experience to find leaks accurately. We can save you time and money by having the source of the leak located before you start digging. We have experienced technicians who have a proven track record of finding leaks and saving money for our clients.

Underground Pipe Inspection Service

CAMERA PIPE INSPECTION

Our pipe camera inspection service can not only find breaks, incursions, and defects, we can produce video with distance markings, and locate and mark the line above ground complete with indication of damaged sections or pipe location.

Concrete Scanner

Concrete Scanning

Our GSSI StructureScan Mini XT portable concrete scanner allows our technicians to locate rebar, post tensioning cables, and conduits within concrete floors and walls. We’re also able to detect thickness of a concrete slab, and if there are any voids underneath. Data can be depicted in both 2D and 3D imaging in most cases, making it the perfect tool for large and small projects.

Utility Location Services

GROUND PENETRATING RADAR

Ground Penetrating Radar, or GPR for short, allows us to find utilities that until recently were determined to be “un-locatable”. PVC pipes, clay tile, underground tanks, and many other structures can now be located with great accuracy depending on certain site conditions. We utilize the industry standard, GSSI Model 623 UtilityScanTM, which helps us do utility detection, UST locating, road inspection, and much more! We also recently added a GSSI MiniXT portable concrete scanner for use in finding rebar, post tensioning rods, and conduits within concrete wall and floor slabs.

Utility Location Services

Vacuum Excavation

VTUL can perform vacuum excavation (aka potholing) using a trailer mounted vacuum and pressure washer to safely locate critical utilities in a non-destructive manner. This method of utility locating allows for more precision and can be used to get exact location and depth as well as verify type of utility materials and condition. Contact us for more info on our vacuum digging services.

Utility Location Equipment

ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS

We use a Geonics EM61 Mark II, which is a powerful time domain metal detector that is able to detect both ferrous and non-ferrous metal using a single transmitter coil and two receiver coil. It generates a magnetic field from the transmitter inducing eddy currents in nearby metal objects. The Geonics EM-61 Mark II detects a single 200-litre (55 gal) drum at a depth of over 3 meters (10 feet) beneath the instrument, yet is relatively insensitive to nearby cultural interference, such as fences, buildings and power lines. Response is a single, sharply defined peak, greatly facilitating quick & accurate location of the target. Depth of the target can usually be estimated from the width of the response.

Electric Fault Location

ELECTRIC FAULTS

If you have an underground electrical fault let VTUL locate the problem area to help get you back in service fast. Our skilled technicians work with licensed electricians to help locate abnormal or broken conditions on underground cables using state of the art equipment.

ONLINE WORK REQUEST

VTUL can perform vacuum excavation (aka potholing) using a trailer mounted vacuum and pressure washer to safely locate critical utilities in a non-destructive manner. This method of utility locating allows for more precision and can be used to get exact location and depth as well as verify type of utility materials and condition. Contact us for more info.