utility Location

utility location

A utility location device should be used to locate utilities before excavation begins. Whether it is on a pavement, private property or on a construction project, it is important to know what lies beneath the surface to avoid damage to services as well as un-planned water, electricity & telecom interruptions, which could cost the contracting company a fortune.

Historically past dynamics; such as drawings and plans getting lost, plans are not updated as installation conditions require re-positioning of utilities or services, utilities and services are installed without tracer wires or trace mechanisms. All of this can make it difficult to know what lies ahead of the excavation without a utility location survey.

Orsco use state of the art utility location equipment and proven methods to locate underground utilities. 

Electro magnetic location

Most utility locating is done with the use of electromagnetic locating equipment. This equipment consists of two parts, a transmitter and a receiver. In short, we use the transmitter to place a “signal” onto the line then go hunt down that signal with the receiver. As long as the line is metallic and continuous we can locate it with electromagnetic equipment.


What sets ORSCO (Pty) Ltd apart is vacuum excavation used to identify and verify unknown utilities – if vacuum exaction is done ORSCO (Pty) Ltd will guarantee that what is identified and marked on the drawings is exactly what is underground.


Prevent damage by accurately locating all buried pipes and cables prior to excavation or rehabilitation. With the correct equipment a utility locator can identify and map location and depth of utilities such as water, sewer, gas, cable, oil, and electric lines.