Underground service locator

Adelaide underground utility locating services

Knowing which services are underneath your site and precisely where they are is critical for any building project. An accurate and up-to-date view of your underground services such as stormwater pipes and electrical cables is crucial to ensure projects are completed safely and successfully, saving you money and time.

Pinpoint is your local Adelaide underground service locator. Knowledge, accuracy and reliability matter, and we strive to provide the highest quality underground utility locating services to our Adelaide and South Australian clients.

Arm yourself with the confidence to safely and effectively complete your project. Contact us for a free quote to locate and map your underground services.

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Why choose Pinpoint for underground utility locating services?

Pinpoint is a member of the Alexander Symonds family. With 90 years of history in South Australia and an unrivalled wealth of industry experience, we’re committed to providing you with the knowledge to effectively manage your project. From licensed surveyors to GIS specialists and 3D visualisation experts, we can support your entire project.

Pinpoint is Dial Before You Dig accredited, and can provide a full service location map of an area, borehole clearances and full service locates. Our team complies with both utility location Australian Standards AS 5488:2019 and DPTI standards, catering to any requirement.

We’re on top of the latest industry developments and technologies, offering innovative solutions tailored to your unique project.

We understand the importance of precise service location information and strive to provide you with unrivalled accuracy.

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We’re here when you need us most. Our team of underground service locators is dependable throughout the lifetime of your project.

How to locate underground services

Ground penetrating radar

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-destructive geophysical technique that sends electromagnetic pulses into the subsurface to detect the location and depth of non-metallic services underground.

Electromagnetic induction

One of the most widely used underground service detection methods is electromagnetic induction (EMI). This method uses a transmitter to transfer an alternating current underground that interacts with an underground service and a receiver to analyse the transmitted signal. This signal gives us information about the location and depth of the service. EMI can only be used to detect services that are conductive, such as copper pipes or wiring.

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Radio sonde location

Radio sonde locating is another technique to locate non-metallic services. This method uses a small, egg-shaped transmitter attached to a fibreglass rod that is moved through the service. As it moves along, we mark its location and depth precisely. It is especially useful for locating blocked utilities.

Underground service locator FAQs

Who can locate underground services?

While you can use anyone to locate your underground services, an experienced service locator will be more efficient and provide accurate results.

An experienced underground service locator with a DBYD accreditation can accurately locate underground services. They will correctly calibrate and use the appropriate technology and can also open up the service if required.

How much does it cost to locate underground services?

The cost to locate underground services will vary depending on the job requirements, such as the size of the area to be surveyed and the equipment required. Most importantly, knowing where your utilities are will help with the planning process in the early stages of your project,  saving you time and money by preventing costly damages or revisions that could have been avoided.

What types of services can you locate?

We can locate a range of different services, including:

  • Gas pipes
  • Water pipes
  • Electrical cables
  • Telephone cables
  • Stormwater pipes
  • Optic fibre 
  • Sewer pipes
  • Electrical Cables
  • Water pipes
  • Steel pipes
  • Poly pipes
  • Irrigation pipes

An underground service locator you can trust

Don’t leave it to chance – your project’s success relies on an accurate view of all underground services. Get in touch with our team and find out how we can help you deliver your project in a safe, efficient and cost-effective way.