line locating

Line Locates & Utility Excavation

Line Locating is the craft of ascertaining the whereabouts of a sub-surface utility. It is commonly referred to as line locating on energy facilities. There are various methods of finding these pipes, conduits, and wires. Some of these methods are a bit more individual and eccentric; others are incredibly complicated and less user-friendly. No matter what method is chosen, a contractor faces an incredible burden when working on oil, nuclear, or other energy facilities. No work may commence until all of these utilities or lines are located. Line Locates & Utility Excavation

Once all utilities in the area are found, excavation can begin; and excavation on an energy facility must take place without a hitch. Just because the contractor locates the utility does not mean they will avoid striking it. Contractors strike located utilities frequently while excavating. Just as there are many methods of utility locating, there are many methods of excavation. From the shovel to the backhoe, contractors have been excavating job sites themselves for ages. It is true that anyone can operate a backhoe, but on an energy facility when utility strikes can cost contractors their money or even their life, wouldn’t it seem safer to let a specialist locate and excavate?

At 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating, the job is not complete until all lines are located and unearthed. we will use our high-powered Vacuum Trucks to moisten the earth with water, and then remove the earth above the utility with high-powered suction. This method eliminates the chance of utility strikes. All of our operators are certified and trained above and beyond what is necessary for most job sites, so our team will not slow you down. For a quote or preliminary conversation about how we can meet your needs, contact us today.

Daylighting and Line Locating Before Construction On Gas And Oil Facilities

Daylighting is the act of exposing a buried utility or obstruction before proceeding with the rest of an excavation project. It is a safety precaution mandated by most major gas and oil companies when work is performed on their facilities. All utilities in the excavation path must be daylighted and exposed further before proceeding. Now, there are a few ways this can be done.

Daylighting and Line Locating Before Construction On Gas And Oil Facilities

For a time, contractors used backhoes to daylight–but with mixed results. Due to the obvious risk of contact, those same energy companies are now asking that all day lighting be done by hydro excavation or “Suck Trucks” as they are affectionately called throughout the construction industry.

Before daylighting can happen, all utilities must be located by use of above-ground methods–such as radio detection, magnetometers, and ground penetrating radar. Energy companies call these utility locating sessions Four-Way Sweeps. To perform these sweeps, Utility Locators must be Operator Qualified.

Although it is profitable, such rigorous demands make working on pipelines and energy facilities time-consuming.  If you are rewarded a contract on an energy facility, consider 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating. All of our operators are certified and highly qualified. We also offer utility locating services. By combining locating services with excavation, we can save you valuable time and money on your project.

Not only do we understand your schedule, but we understand the energy industry and appreciate their desire for safety; In fact, we share that same desire. Our employees exceed all safety measures given to them, and they are equally devoted to the desires of the customer. Contact us today for a conversation about how we can help with your excavation and utility locating needs.