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Ground Probing Radar Licence

It is a legal requirement in the UK for Ground Penetrating Radar users to hold an Ofcom licence, the licence needs to be renewed every three years.

Lucion Surveys are licence holders 0996045/1

The Survey Association Membership

Lucion Surveying is a full member of The Survey Association

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European GRP Association

Lucion Surveys is a European GPR Association Member.

Utility Surveys FAQs

PAS128, developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), is the current standard for underground utility detection. It ensures the reliable and consistent sharing and delivery of all information related to underground utilities. With various detail categories available, PAS128 applies to engineers, construction businesses, project managers, utility owners, and surveying companies, setting out best practices for compliant underground utility surveys.

This highly accurate and detailed survey level is generally used in areas known to be densely populated with services, minimising danger, conflict, delays, and disruption to your project.

Construction projects, even when following protocols, can inadvertently damage underground utilities. The use of heavy machinery may lead to ground subsidence, affecting nearby pipes. Lucion mitigates these risks by offering services such as relining affected piping in a non-intrusive manner and ensuring the integrity of subsurface infrastructure during and after construction. 

While our underground utility surveys provide information on the location of drainage pipes, CCTV drainage surveying offers insights into their condition.  

By inserting a camera down piping, we can assess the state of the drainage system without the need for ground excavation. This preventative measure helps avoid potential damage during above-ground construction work. 

Combining Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT) and Signal Generators, also known as Genny tools, with GPR ensures a comprehensive mapping approach. CAT locators focus on metallic objects, while Genny tools assist in tracing a range of utilities more quickly and precisely. This dual approach, coupled with GPR, allows us to map both metallic and non-metallic utilities efficiently. 

Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT) trace signals emitted by metallic objects beneath the ground. While Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is effective for non-metallic utilities, CAT locators complement the process by precisely determining the locations and dimensions of metallic fuel, water, and gas pipes, enhancing the overall efficiency of our surveys. 

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) emits pulses of energy into the ground, effectively revealing the locations of non-metallic objects such as plastic pipes and fibre optics with unparalleled speed and precision. This revolutionary technology enhances the accuracy of our mapping process, providing you with a detailed subsurface view. 

An underground utility survey is a comprehensive mapping process that reveals the precise locations of subsurface utilities like pipes and cables. This information is crucial for project planning as it prevents accidental interference, avoiding costly setbacks, legal issues, and ensuring overall safety. 

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