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  • Concrete Scanning | WR Locating - SoCal

    Concrete & Structure Scanning Concrete & Structure Scanning is performed utilizing similar technology as GPR albeit on a smaller scale, with a smaller antenna at a higher frequency. Concrete Scanning is a tool that is used to find anomalies in concrete slabs, inside walls, ceilings, pillars and columns. Concrete Scanning is ideal for locating both non-conductive and conductive materials and structures (without any surface connection, or access points) under and inside concrete. Concrete Scanning is performed using an antenna in the 1600- 2600 MHz making it ideal and primarily used for locating reinforcing steel, post-tensioned & pre-tensioned cables & conduits up to 18" deep. The depth and accuracy of these data results are dependent on a number of variables, such as age of the concrete, density, moisture content, and antenna frequency. We use antennas in the 1600 - 2000 MHz range antenna unit which can reach depths of up to 18" (in perfect conditions). ​ If you're planning on coring or cutting into concrete, call us to see how we can help you. ​ How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • Subsurface Utility Engineering | WR Locating - SoCal

    Subsurface Utility Engineering By C. Paul Scott The SUE process revolutionized how designers, engineers, and contractors handle underground pipes and power lines during highway planning, design, and construction. ​ Every year, thousands of problems occur on highway projects in the United States when contractors fail to locate subsurface utilities reliably prior to excavation, drilling, or boring. Last year, the Common Ground Alliance, an industry association devoted to reducing damages to underground utilities, published its fifth annual Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) report, CGA DIRT Analysis & Recommendations, which notes that approximately 200,000 subsurface utilities were damaged in the United States in 2008. The number is conservative because only reported hits are included. To cite a few examples from 2008 and 2009, a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) subcontractor drilled through a 20-inch (51-centimeter) water main beneath a roadway in Lubbock, TX. Repairs to the water line disrupted traffic at a major intersection for days. In a California case, a contractor excavating for a new manhole clipped an underground high-pressure line, discharging natural gas into the sky above Novato, CA, for nearly 8 hours. The leak occurred within 500 yards (457 meters) of two preschools. This kind of problem probably happens in every State. When a Florida DOT contractor nicked a fiber-optic cable in Chipley, FL, while placing a sign during a resurfacing project, Internet service for 5,000 customers was out for 2 days. In Massachusetts, a massive outage in Braintree left about 75 percent of the city without electricity for 45 minutes after a contractor struck one of the town's primary transmission lines. These examples are only a few of many described in the January/February 2009 issue of Underground Focus magazine. For almost 20 years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has promoted an engineering practice called subsurface utility engineering (SUE) to avoid problems like these. Before the development of SUE, traditional methods of dealing with subsurface utilities were not working. Designing projects without consideration of utilities and dealing with utility problems later during construction was common practice. This approach resulted in unexpected encounters with subsurface utilities, many unnecessary utility relocations, construction delays, and unanticipated costs. The roadway owners in the examples described earlier probably did not locate the utilities or did not locate them correctly -- and almost certainly did not use SUE. However, largely due to extensive private-public promotional efforts, many State departments of transportation (DOTs) today use SUE routinely on Federal-aid highway and other major construction projects. As a result, they minimize the risk of costly mistakes and schedule delays, saving time and money. "Since we began using SUE, we have been able to design around utilities and avoid utility hits during construction," says Cheryl Cathey, section chief of preliminary engineering at the Illinois DOT. How Does SUE Work? As an engineering practice, SUE enables State and local DOTs, design consultants, and utility companies to locate existing subsurface utilities with a high degree of accuracy and comprehensiveness. SUE combines elements of civil engineering, geophysics, and surveying. It uses surface geophysical methods (quantitative physical methods designed to interpret ambient or applied energy fields), mapping technologies such as computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and geographic information systems (GIS), and vacuum excavation (pressurized air or water used to break up and lift soil out of the excavation area). When used properly, SUE can minimize project-utility conflicts and reduces project delays. This SUE technician is using a pipe and cable locator and painting marks on the ground to designate the approximate horizontal position of a subsurface utility. The SUE provider, who could be a DOT staff member but most likely is a private engineering consultant, begins by conducting extensive research of utility records to identify facilities that might affect the project under development. The provider then obtains pertinent as-built information from utility owners and plots the resulting information on a utility composite drawing or its equivalent. The result is base-level information, termed quality level D (QL-D). The next step involves field observations to identify visible aboveground utility features, such as manholes, valve boxes, and fire hydrants. The SUE provider surveys these observed quality level C (QL‑C) features, correlates them with the previously obtained QL-D information, and resolves any discrepancies. Next, the SUE provider uses appropriate surface geophysical methods such as pipe and cable locators, terrain conductivity methods, metal detectors, and ground-penetrating radar to designate existing subsurface utilities or to trace a particular utility system. Weather, terrain, and utility depths, types, and materials influence the methods required, the types of equipment needed, and the cost. Several methods and types of equipment often are required for any given project. The SUE provider surveys the resulting quality level B (QL-B) information, correlates it with the QL-D and QL-C information, resolves discrepancies, and depicts it in the client's CADD system, GIS databases, or onto plan sheets or other relevant documents. The SUE provider next develops a matrix showing all possible highway-utility conflicts. This step involves comparing the collected QL-B information on utilities with the proposed plans for the highway, bridge, drainage, maintenance-of-traffic, or other projects. One of the purposes of the conflict matrix is to determine whether additional information is needed. Finally, the SUE provider uses minimally intrusive excavation methods, such as vacuum excavation, to expose selected subsurface utilities. Having determined the depth of the subsurface utilities and other information (size, composition, and condition of the utility, soil type, site conditions) through these targeted quality-level (QL-A) excavations, the provider then can correlate QL-A and QL-B information and depict the utility location in three-dimensions (3-D) in the client's CADD system, GIS databases, or onto plan sheets or other relevant documents. Although these are the general steps, the practice of SUE does not follow any set pattern but rather is tailored to individual projects. Essentially, it involves systematically identifying the quality of utility information needed to design a project, then acquiring and managing that level of information. Three SUE technicians are using a pipe and cable locator and nondestructive vacuum excavation to locate subsurface utilities. After exposing the utilities, the workers survey and record information pertinent to the type of utility and its size, depth, and condition. The workers record the data both electronically and on a poster board, which they photograph (as shown here) for quality assurance purposes. Why Is SUE Important? John Campbell, P.E., director of the Right of Way Division at TxDOT and chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Right-of-Way and Utilities, initiated the SUE program in Texas. "The SUE process, specifically the assignment of quality levels to the utility data collected, provides valuable engineering information from which to make risk-based decisions...for the delivery of transportation projects," Campbell says. "At TxDOT, the use of SUE in project planning and design enables us to avoid unnecessary impacts to existing utilities and to save the incalculable costs of adjustments" that were not required because the SUE process located the utilities beforehand and construction delays never occurred. An FHWA guidebook, Program Guide: Utility Relocation and Accommodation on Federal-Aid Highway Projects (FHWA-IF-03-014), states that the proper use of this cost-effective professional engineering service will eliminate many of the utility problems typically encountered on highway projects. According to the guide, problems reduced or eliminated include project delays caused by (1) waiting for utility relocations to be completed, so highway construction can begin; and (2) redesign when construction cannot follow the original design due to unexpected utility conflicts. Other problems avoided include (3) delays to contractors during highway construction caused by cutting, damaging, or discovering utility lines that were not known to be present; (4) claims by contractors to project owners for delays resulting from unexpected encounters with utilities; and (5) deaths, injuries, property damage, and releases of product (such as natural gas or wastewater) into the environment caused by damaging utility lines that were not known to be there. Jeffrey Zaharewicz, FHWA value engineering/utilities program manager, describes SUE as "one of the best tools available to successfully integrate the activities associated with utility relocation and coordination into the project development process." SUE Success Stories A sampling of successful outcomes that resulted from the use of SUE further demonstrates the benefits of this process. When widening I-75, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) planned to relocate existing water and sewer mains that led from a rest area to a source several miles away. After obtaining and analyzing SUE data, however, GDOT determined that no conflicts were present, and therefore relocating the lines would be unnecessary. This decision conservatively saved GDOT at least $400,000. In Texas, the use of SUE data enabled consultants working for TxDOT to design around several high-pressure pipelines crossing a major State highway, SH-130. To achieve this outcome, the designers shifted the schematic right-of-way approximately 300 feet (91 meters), avoiding costly pipeline relocations. The right-of-way shift prevented project delays and resulted in a cost savings of $3 million. Hurricane Wilma damaged an estimated 10,000 trees in Coral Springs, FL, that therefore needed to be removed. Wishing to be proactive and prevent costly utility damage, the city hired an SUE provider to locate utilities ahead of the tree removal crews. During the first week, SUE prevented several major utility hits. Due to the quantity of utility lines found by the provider, the city changed its approach and decided to grind many tree trunks instead of going ahead with complete stump removal. In one area, where SUE was not used, the tree removal crews hit a major water line on the first day. Two workers are surveying a subsurface utility to determine its exact depth beneath the surface. In addition to depth, they will record on a poster board the type (gas, electric, water) and thickness of the buried utility, as well as materials, condition, and other data. The Early Days of SUE The value of SUE became apparent to highway engineers when an engineering company in Manassas Park, VA, introduced the practice in 1982. The company combined two relatively new technologies -- surface geophysics and air/vacuum excavation -- to gather data on the exact location of subsurface utilities early in the development of projects. One year later, the transportation department in nearby Fairfax County, VA, became the first government agency to use SUE on highway projects. In 1985 the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) became the first State agency to use it. "We discovered many years ago that the old ways of obtaining utilities information for design purposes were not working," says Greg Wroniewicz, VDOT utility engineer. "SUE does work, and we use it on nearly every highway project." FHWA began promoting SUE in 1991, shortly after its nationwide potential was recognized by Jim Overton, now retired but then-acting branch chief, and Jerry Poston, now deceased but then-branch chief, of FHWA's former Railroads, Utilities, and Programs Branch. Poston was often heard to say that SUE would revolutionize the way utilities are handled on highway projects. "His prophecy certainly came true," says Jon Obenberger, FHWA preconstruction group team leader. "Reliable subsurface utility data now can be provided to highway designers, and it is no longer acceptable practice to design highways or construct projects without consideration of those data." How Has SUE Evolved? By the 1990s, the new approach had spread from Virginia into nearby States (Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) and then to more distant States (Arizona and Florida). As the practice of SUE spread, it evolved to include surveying, CADD, affixing of a professional engineer's seal to deliverables, and professional liability insurance. SUE flourished in the 1990s as more States began using it, and more providers began to emerge. Probably the most significant advance in that decade involved the introduction of the concept of the quality levels, which enabled designers to certify on project plans a certain level of comprehensiveness and accuracy for the utility information. By the end of the 1990s, however, some confusion still existed as to just exactly what SUE was. Some companies were claiming that SUE meant subsurface utility exploration or "pot-holing," rather than subsurface utility engineering. The latter provides more accurate and comprehensive information than can be obtained by randomly digging pot-holes. Some DOTs bought into the former concept with poor results that soured them on continuing the use of SUE. The leading providers were aware that SUE was an engineering practice with quality levels and were promoting it as such. FHWA also recognized the distinction between an engineering practice and pot-holing and began strongly encouraging State DOTs to acquire the services of reputable SUE providers. The need to quantify the value of SUE on highway projects had become apparent, as well as the need to establish standard guidelines for its use. FHWA commissioned Purdue University to document and quantify SUE's value, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), working with FHWA and industry, agreed to establish national guidelines for collecting and depicting existing subsurface utility data. A worker loosens soil with an air lance in preparation for excavating a test hole. Research on the Effectiveness of SUE Purdue University published its report, Cost Savings on Highway Projects Utilizing Subsurface Utility Engineering, in 2000. The Purdue researchers studied 71 projects in North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. The projects involved a mix of interstate, arterial, and collector roads in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Two broad categories of savings emerged -- quantifiable and qualitative savings. The Purdue study quantified a total of $4.62 in avoided costs for every $1.00 spent on SUE. The greatest savings came from avoiding utility relocations and reducing delay claims. Although qualitative savings (for example, avoided impacts on nearby homes and businesses) were not measurable, the researchers believed those savings were significant and possibly many times more valuable than the quantifiable savings. The study concluded that SUE is a viable technological practice that reduces project costs related to subsurface utilities and that DOTs should use it in a systematic manner. In addition, the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association commissioned the University of Toronto to investigate the practice of using SUE on large infrastructure projects in Ontario. This study chose nine case studies and determined that the average rate of return for each dollar spent on SUE services on those projects was $3.41. The study also made a number of qualitative recommendations regarding the use of SUE. The ASCE Standard In 2003, ASCE defined SUE as an engineering practice in CI/ASCE 38-02, Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data. The importance of this standard is that it indicated that, in addition to FHWA, a prominent national engineering organization defined SUE as an acceptable engineering practice and provided guidance for applying it on projects. The standard presents the system of classifying the quality level of subsurface utility data. The classification enables project owners, engineers, and construction companies to develop strategies to reduce risks related to existing subsurface utilities or, at a minimum, to allocate the risks in a defined manner. The standard closely follows concepts already in place in the SUE profession. Many State DOTs therefore are already in compliance with the standard through their use of SUE or through their inclusion of SUE specifications in their engineering contracts. The Private Sector And FHWA Roles The growth of SUE resulted from efforts by FHWA's headquarters and division offices to encourage State DOTs to use it and from State DOT officials telling their counterparts about it. But some of the credit also must go to SUE professionals who understood the process and worked to sell the concept to potential clients. FHWA encouraged the use of SUE through memos to field offices. Also, division administrators and their staff engineers discussed SUE with their State DOT counterparts and encouraged them to give it a try. FHWA developed flyers, brochures, and handbooks and distributed them to the divisions and State DOT offices; wrote numerous papers for conferences and publications; set aside funds for SUE-related research projects; delivered presentations at conferences and workshops at approximately 20 State DOTs and other venues; obtained funds to develop and/or distribute instructional videos; and funded demonstration projects in Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Wyoming. State DOTs promoted SUE by word of mouth and continue to do so. "State DOT utility engineers get together every year to discuss common issues," says Chuck Schmidt, chief of design services at the New Hampshire DOT and vice-chair of AASHTO's Subcommittee on Right-of-Way and Utilities. "In the 1990s DOT utility engineers would meet at the National Highway Utility Conference, and for the past decade, we have gotten together at the AASHTO subcommittee conference on right-of-way and utilities. We have special sessions where we talk about our common problems and possible solutions. Those who use SUE are not bashful about singing its praises and encouraging everyone to use it. In turn, several States, including New Hampshire, have included SUE as a normal course of business on several of our projects." While FHWA and State DOTs were promoting the new approach, the SUE professionals were on the front lines. They visited State DOTs in all parts of the country; wrote papers for conferences and articles for industry publications; provided numerous presentations, demonstrations, and exhibits at workshops and conferences; developed educational videos and provided them to FHWA for distribution; and held numerous workshops for State DOTs. Nick Zembillas, senior principal and senior vice president, Cardno TBE, says, "Highway engineers had been locating underground utilities with inaccurate as-builts and backhoes, often with disastrous results, and it was hard to convince them that there was a better way to obtain the information. But we didn't give up and are still not giving up on the ones that continue to hold to the old ways. SUE is here to stay as an industry standard of care." SUE Today Federal, State, and local highway agencies are using SUE, as are design consultants, highway contractors, and utility companies for public works projects around the country. The military, airports, transit, hospitals, and ports also use it. SUE spread from the United States into Canada in 2002 where it is used routinely on highway projects from Toronto in the east to Calgary in the west. One company alone has carried out more than 450 projects. To standardize the practice in Canada, the Canadian Standards Association is developing a standard for mapping underground utility infrastructure that will reference the use of SUE and the ASCE 38-02 quality levels. After SUE was introduced into the United Kingdom (UK) in 2008, it slowly gained recognition in London and other major cities as a sound engineering process. Only a few small projects have been completed to date, but interest in developing something similar to the ASCE 38-02 standard seems to be growing. An SUE technician is applying paint marks on the pavement at approximate 25-foot (7.6-meter) intervals as he traces out a utility line. After the line is surveyed, the marks will be shown on the plans as quality level B. In addition, Standards Australia is working with ASCE to develop an engineering standard similar to ASCE 38-02 in anticipation of the growth of SUE. The practice was introduced only recently in Belgium, China, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. SUE is an integral part of the National Highway Institute's course Highway/Utility Issues (FHWA-NHI-134006). The course currently is being updated to include conflict analysis, which is the newest engineering practice to evolve from SUE. SUE continues to be the subject of many presentations and workshops at conferences such as the annual conference of the AASHTO Right-of-Way and Utilities subcommittee, the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, and others. Today, utilities should no longer be unnecessarily relocated or unexpectedly encountered on highway projects. The application of SUE by transportation agencies and qualified providers who understand the practice makes it possible to avoid utility-related problems that have plagued highway engineers for decades and thereby accelerate project delivery. Surveyors are preparing to obtain SUE information on a project in Las Vegas, NV. The surveyed information will be depicted in the client's CADD system, in GIS databases, or on plan sheets or other relevant documents C. Paul Scott, P.E., has been Cardno TBE's national utilities liaison since 2003, joining it after retiring from FHWA, where he worked for 34 years. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and Virginia. For more information, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/sueindex.cfm or contact C. Paul Scott at 571-233-4023 or pscott@tbegroup.com . ​ From: Public Roads - May/June 2010 Date: May/June 2010 Issue No: Vol. 73 No. 6 Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-10-004 Ready to Get Started? Whether you have a project in the works or are still in the planning stages, let our team know how we can be of service. Take a moment to request a free quote for our utility investigation services. REQUES AN ESTIMATE

  • FAQ | WR Locating - SoCal

    FAQ Coming soon.......... Can I insert an image, video, or gif in my FAQ? Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Enter the app’s Settings 2. Click on the “Manage FAQs” button 3. Select the question you would like to add media to 4. When editing your answer click on the camera, video, or GIF icon 5. Add media from your library. How do I add a new question & answer? To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Click “Manage FAQs” button 2. From your site’s dashboard you can add, edit and manage all your questions and answers 3. Each question and answer should be added to a category 4. Save and publish. How do I edit or remove the “FAQ” title? You can edit the title from the Settings tab in the app. If you don’t want to display the title, simply disable the Title under “Info to Display”. What is an FAQ section? An FAQ section can be used to quickly answer common questions about you or your business, such as “Where do you ship to?”, “What are your opening hours?” or “How can I book a service?” It’s a great way to help people navigate your site and can even boost your site’s SEO.

  • Trenching/Potholing | WR Locating - SoCal

    Trenching & Potholing Whether you just need us to locate, and /or pothole before you dig or trench yourself, or even if you'd prefer to have us do the digging, Western Regions Locating has you covered. Our sister company, WR Trenching can handle that too. Whom better to dig your trench than the same people who have the best understanding of what to expect underground on your jobsite? WR Trenching has experienced equipment operators, who can trench for any need. Western Regions Locating, through WR Trenching, offers vacuum excavation services for what is commonly known as potholing or daylighting. Potholing is a non-mechanical and less invasive method of excavation. A blast of air or water (hydro) is first directed into the dig site to loosen soil and break up any large materials in the soil. An air vacuum hose is then used to remove the debris from the hole and transfer it to a specially designed tank. Stored spoil can be transported elsewhere or, if dry, re-used as fill. Vacuum excavation reduces the need for manual hand digging or abrasive excavation methods, which lessens the risks of utility damages and risks to the workers on site. Since vacuum excavation technology is low-impact and non-destructive, it's gaining in popularity as the preferred excavation method for many industries. How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • CCTV Pipe Inspection | WR Locating - SoCal

    CCTV Pipe Inspection Western Regions Locating uses video inspection technologies to perform video inspections of large municipal and commercial sewer mains as well as service lines. By making use of our CCTV inspection cameras, Western Regions Locating is able to inspect mainlines and laterals to look for areas of concern, mark out problem areas in the field with paint and/or flags, and document the findings on a video recording and in a written report. How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • Utility Mapping | WR Locating - SoCal

    Utility Line Mapping (AutoCAD) If you need a fully comprehensive map of the surveyed utilities that may cause conflict in design or construction, Western Regions Locating can provide you with the solutions you need to take the worry of working around underground utilities away, by giving you the confidence to plan, design and manage underground utilities. A utility map shows the positioning and identification of buried pipes and cables beneath the ground. The procedure involves detecting utilities like sewers, electric cables, telecoms cables, gas and water mains. The results will provide you with a comprehensive detailed map of anything that is hidden underground or directly related to any above ground features. ​ Utility Mapping is important any time you are breaking ground as it shows how utilities are running throughout the proposed site. It also helps prevent utility strikes that may cause harm to the public or the workforce. How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • Western Regions Locating | Southern California

    Underground Utility Locating Services Congested Underground Utilities Ground Penetrating Radar of a Non-Conductive Water Main Company Logo Company Logo Congested Underground Utilities 1/13 Call Us First (909) 392-7764 Whether you're planning to bore, trench, cut or dig, Western Regions Locating can help you avoid unnecessary setbacks, damages, costs and dangerous mistakes on your project. Did you know that 65% of utility lines are private utilities & NOT located by calling 811? Some examples of private utilities are: electric to a barn or shed, gas/propane line to a grill or generator, Fire suppression systems and, sewer laterals, private fiber networks, septic systems, chemical lines, product lines, oxygen lines, security lines, etc. Western Regions Locating employs an Industry-wide recognized process used to ensure no utility is missed and all locatable underground utilities are located and marked. Dig confidently and safely. Call Western Regions Locating Western Regions Locating strives to be the best choice for your Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) needs. WRL employs expertly trained, professional, OSHA certified technicians with the best equipment in the industry to provide the best results for all your Subsurface Utility Engineering needs. Our field team consists of master & journey-level technicians with a combined 30-years of experience in the underground utility industry. We are dedicated to providing the best service possible by accurately locating and protecting underground infrastructure, our client's employees and the general public. ​ As a full-service SUE firm, WRL's services include Electro-magnetic Utility Locating (Designating), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Concrete Scanning , Pipe & Sewer Inspection (CCTV) , Utility Mapping (AutoCAD), and Potholing/ Trenching . Depending on your needs, these services can be used individually, or as complete package to provide a complete and comprehensive Underground Utility Survey. ​ WRL has the capability to locate non-metallic and metallic utilities, including cables, conduits, underground storage tanks (UST) and other structures at up to 12 ft. depth, including Water, Gas, Electric, Communications, Fiber-optics, Cable TV, Sewer, Drain, Air and various other underground lines and infrastructure. ​ Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE UTILITY LOCATING GPR & CONCRETE SCANNING CCTV PIPE INSPECTION AUTOCAD UTILITY MAPPING TRENCHING & POTHOLING AVOID DELAYS AND DAMAGES We know that when you're trying to keep your project on-time, and on budget, it's easy to get frustrated with private utility locating companies. Many are slow to respond, can't quote you a fair price, have terrible turnaround times on locating and mapping and horrible customer service. At Western Regions Locating, we have the professional skills, latest tools, technology, and the expertise to get your underground line locating job done right! We assist construction companies, engineering firms, contractors, and homeowners just like you with their underground-utility service needs. Our many services include public and private utility locating, ground penetrating radar (GPR), utility mapping/surveying, digalert/811 field-response, underground line-interception and more. ​ We take pride in being a veteran-owned & operated company with the BEST Industry experience, knowledge and reputation among Southern California's locating-industry professionals. We follow Industry Best Practices and always ensure our utility locating, mapping/surveying follow the strictest Guidelines, found in CI/ASCE 38-02. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. Which do I need? 811/DigAlert or a Private Locating Company? Are you aware of the significant differences between using 811/DigAlert and hiring a Private Locator? There are some things you won’t get with 811 but you will certainly get with private utility locating companies. Here you... Read more Is underground utility locating service free? There are two sides to this question. Public underground utility locating services are free while private ones require payment. So, what's the difference between these two services? We'll discuss... Read more Subsurface Utility Engineering By C. Paul Scott The SUE process revolutionized how designers, engineers, and contractors handle underground pipes and power lines during highway planning, design, and construction. ​ Every year, thousands... Read more WR Locating PO Box 413 La Verne, CA 91750 locating@wrtsi.com

  • Is underground utility locating service free? | WR Locating - SoCaL

    Is underground utility locating service free? There are two sides to this question. Public underground utility locating services are free while private ones require payment. So, what's the difference between these two services? We'll discuss more on that here. The major purpose of underground utility locating services is to render expert functionalities. In most US states, you cannot just dig up the ground without any planning. In order to safely dig into the ground, you first need to get the area checked for buried utilities. You have to give notice and get clearance from local utility owners to know if there are no buried public utilities in the area. However, all this raises a question. That is, how much does underground utility locating service cost? Here you will learn about all to know about underground utility locating services. More importantly, you will find all the answers to your questions. How Does Underground Utility Locating Service work? A lot of utilities including electric, gas, water, cable TV, sewage pipes, and so on lie deep in the ground. These systems differ by nature and of course, by function. As a result, the detection of these materials differs. Generally speaking, there are two methods used in underground utility detection. You could either have a passive location or an active location. Passive location is done in areas where maps are available to show the presence of utility systems underground. Using passive location, it is possible to miss more than 60% of the utilities under the ground. As a result, professionals use this method when the perceived risks are not much. That is when the drilling or digging process is not expected to go too deep. Cutting into or striking an underground line can be a serious issue. Aside from the potential risk of putting people through service failure, you could injure yourself or others. That is why passive location is not encouraged. The active method of location in comparison can detect most pipes and cables underground. To do this, experts use electromagnetic equipment with a transmitter and a receiver. In some cases, experts use advanced ground-penetrating radar. Now to the big question, is the service free? Like I said earlier, the public underground utility locating service is free through services like 811. However, private services offer much more but with payment. The value of the service is justified when you consider how much you would pay if you cut a utility system by mistake. Also, using an underground utility locating service offers you the following advantages. · You are saving yourself some energy. Most companies that deal with underground utility locating, can usually also handle the digging themselves. Thus, you wouldn’t need to worry about a thing. · The process is fast: using the latest electromagnetic technology, GPR and so on, you can get reports in hours if not minutes about what utilities you have underground. · The process is safe: the process and the equipment used do not emit dangerous energy. Having the equipment around is just like using your mobile phone. It is so safe, there is usually no need for you to have protective equipment while the process is ongoing. · Detailed reports: at the end of the investigation, you get detailed reports to show you what’s under the ground. In a few moments, you get a clear idea of the utilities in the area so you can make the right decision and not make costly mistakes.

  • Private Utility Locating | WR Locating - SoCal

    Utility Locating (Designating) Service of identifying and labeling utility lines that are underground. We use Electromagnetic locate equipment to locate and mark telecommunication, electricity, natural gas, cable television, fiber optics, traffic lights, streetlights, storm drains, water mains, and sewer pipes. Whether it be a small area that needs to be checked and cleared for private utilities or a large mapping project (Underground utility Investigation), our team can provide all the necessary utility locating services you require. We use the most current and accurate utility locating equipment on the market. Our equipment is always calibrated and in good working order. How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • Clients | WR Locating - SoCal

    Our Clients Inland Christian Home, Inc Ontario, CA Recently performed a comprehensive Underground Utility Investigation of entire Assisted Living Facility at their Ontario, CA campus. Michael Baker International Undergound Utility Investigations Ongoing Underground Utility Investigations focusing on underground infrastructure related to existing building modernizations and new construction. InSite Telecom, LLC Cell Sites facility Upgrades Ongoing Underground Utility Locating and Potholing focusing on upgrading existing cell tower facilities by locating and intercepting existing communication line conduits. Miller Construction Rancho Cucamonga, CA Ongoing Underground Utility Locating and Investigations focusing on school site upgrades at various school sites. MillerCoors Irwindale, CA Utility Locating focusing on brewing plant modifications for conversion to Seltzer plant at Irwindale, California brewing facility. Contractors, Architects and Engineers Throughout California Western Regions Locating works with various contractors, architects and engineering firms, big or small. Unlike many Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) companies out there, we don't turn away the "little guy". We understand what it's like to be the little guy because we are the little guy.

  • Ground Penetrating Radar | WR Locating - SoCal

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Ground Penetrating Radar, also known as GPR, is a tool that is used to find anomalies under the ground surface. GPR can sometimes be ideal for locating non-conductive underground utilities, underground storage tanks (USTs), as well as other underground structures without any surface connection, or access points, The depth and accuracy of GPR data results are dependent on a number of variables, such as soil density, moisture content, and antenna frequency. We use 400-500 MHz antennas in our GPR units, which can reach depths of up to 15 ft (in perfect soil and terrain conditions) (GPR) is an important tool in locating buried utilities, structures and other anomalies. We use GPR primarily for locating non-metallic utilities. This tool is also used for finding changes in subsurface conditions (trench lines) or underground storage tanks (UST’s). GPR's advantage is finding non-metallic and untraceable plastic pipes or conduits. GPR has some limitations. Interpretation of the data by a skilled technician is essential. GPR readings are limited in highly conductive soils, such as clay. How can WRL help? Allow us at Western Regions Locating to partner with you on your next project. We are confident we can provide you with unmatched quality services at unmatched rates. We guarantee the best rates, response time and our customer's 100% satisfaction. REQUEST AN ESTIMATE

  • Which do I need? 811/DigAlert or a Private Locating Company?

    Which do I need? 811/DigAlert or a Private Locating Company? Are you aware of the significant differences between using 811/DigAlert and hiring a Private Locator? There are some things you won’t get with 811 but you will certainly get with private utility locating companies. Here you will learn more about which of these services you need and why. The construction industry keeps growing with an increasing number of buildings and utilities. As a result, people do a lot of underground exploration. Before underground exploration is done, there is always a need to have the proposed work area checked for buried utilities. There are two ways to check for underground utilities. You could either use a public or a private locating company. The 811/DigAlert service represents a good example of a public locating company. Most people do not understand why they need the public or private locator. That's because they might not be well-informed about the services they provide and how they differ. The standards can vary from place to place. There are a lot more invested in private utilities than in public utilities. The following details the differences between 811/Digalert and a private locating company. Based on what you read, you should be able to make an informed decision. How Does 811/DigAlert Work? The Public location service, that is the 811/DigAlert service is the core of utility damage prevention. The service is the first step required from anyone before they excavate on any property. Since the service is free, most states have laws in place that require everyone wanting to dig to call 811, as well as all facility owners with buried lines to use the system as members. When a call is placed to 811, a notification is sent to all facility owner members of the planned excavation and sets the clock in motion for all members to mark their facilities in the proposed work area or respond to the excavator as to the existence or non-existence of lines in the area. These include electric, gas, telephone, water, sewer, traffic lights, oil and other utility lines owned and managed by member utility owners and operators. They are ONLY responsible for marking lines they own or operate. As a result, an 811 member locator will not locate or mark your private lines that run from the utility meter to your property, nor the lines that run between buildings or structures in your property. For instance, lines between buildings on commercial properties, or if you have a detached garage, barn or a private septic tank with buried electric, phone, cable, gas, water or pipes leading to them, the public utility locator will omit them. In such a scenario, think of the damage that could happen if you mistakenly hit one of those lines while digging. This is where private utility locating comes in. How Does Private Utility Location Work? No doubt, calling 811 DigAlert is a very useful step to start digging and groundwork. However, private utility location services will go the extra mile to give you the best services that you need. There are instances whereby private utilities lie unbeknownst beneath the ground in different locations in commercial and residential areas. Often, places like parking lots, hospitals, apartment complexes, schools, and even private backyards usually have these utilities. As a property owner, these utilities are within your care. However, this might differ from place to place. Sadly, in many cases, most owners are not aware of the presence of these lines. While some know, they do not know the exact location of the utilities. To worsen issues, the utilities bear so much resemblance, and it might be hard to tell which is which except with the help of professionals. While there may be maps or as-builts to show private utilities, most times they are not reliable. The maps are usually out of date or incomplete. Since these utilities are not within the scope of public locators, you must use a private locator. That way, you can be sure that your digging is safe. The general misconception for most people is that most buried lines belong to public utilities and are much more common than private lines. They are almost similar when you consider how many of them you use. The following are some examples of private utilities that might be buried: · Gas mains · Septic systems · Internet cable · Sprinkler and other irrigation lines · Fiber optics · Exterior electrical lines Lastly, unlike public locating services, hiring a private locating company will cost you some money. Which Should You use? The simple answer is to use both. Most states have laws in place requiring you to call 811 before you start digging. So, you might be bound by necessity to use the 811 services. However, to get a clearer picture of what's underground and not to injure yourself in the process you need a private locator. More so, since the 811 DigAlert service is free, you can take advantage of the two services. You need to understand that locating private utilities is a different ballgame entirely. It requires different skill sets and technologies that are beyond those used by public utilities locators. One of the biggest challenges that comes up in dealing with private utility systems has to do with the utility records. ​ Available: Lots of records might be missing Accurate: Many records follow the original design instead of the actual utilities' installation. Complete: They might not put all existing utilities or important information on record. Aging: Some records might not state current systems, additions or modifications. Furthermore, on the construction part, there are additional challenges such as undocumented construction and installation, multiple repairs, non-metallic lines without tracer wire, old and outdated systems. What Effects do these challenges have on the Damage Prevention Process? For the private utility locator, there are various models in skillset and technologies. The 811 locator holds utility records, uses electromagnetic (EM) equipment primarily and locates the specific utilities that are identified. There are no extra utilities or abandoned utilities located. Meanwhile, the private locator has a few or limited utility records, employs many pieces of locating equipment (Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Acoustic, EM, etc.), and all locatable utilities, regardless of the utility type, are located. When you consider their lack of records, prints, and huge array of technology required, you will understand that private locators need advanced training to safely and effectively detect and locate these utilities. They ensure that every utility present gets located before you dig. Conclusion It is imperative for you to go beyond 811/DigAlert. You need the best locating services in detecting all utilities present by hiring a private utility company. 811/DigAlert does an amazing job and since it is free, make it your first step before digging. But don’t stop there, go beyond 811 and make that second call if you plan to keep your job costs down. Also, to ensure the safety of all your crew members and the public. There may be other unknown dangers in your work area, so hire a private locator.

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