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Locate, Identify, Safeguard: SOCOTEC's Role in Minimising Risk to Critical Utilities During Construction Works

Locate, Identify, Safeguard: SOCOTEC's Role in Minimising Risk to Critical Utilities During Construction Works

According to a report prepared by the USAG Data & Reporting Working Group, during 2017 – 2018 there were approximately 3,000 utility strikes across the UK. With thousands of construction projects taking place across the country every day, the risk of accidental strikes to underground utilities assets such as high voltage electricity cables, telecoms, gas pipelines, tunnels, fibre optics, mains water and drainage is a continued threat to project timelines, budgets, insurance and, most critically, human life.…

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Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

When a development site is located near or above underground infrastructure – such as rail tunnels or utilities - and the project requires piling, excavation or other sub-surface works, conducting a line and level correlation survey is the critical first step in understanding the geospatial relationship between the proposed construction works and the existing below ground asset. Without this knowledge, the owners of the underground asset will not grant permission for works to proceed.…

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A Day in the Life of a Utility Surveyor

A Day in the Life of a Utility Surveyor

Craig Sharpe, utility surveyor at SOCOTEC’s Deeside site, first joined the organisation 18 months ago, having amassed over seven years of expertise in the geotechnical sector. In this blog, he outlines his daily responsibilities and explains how his role contributes to the division’s wider project delivery.…

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