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Socotec invests in 3D utility mapping capabilities

Socotec has announced that it has invested in IDS Geo Radar Stream C equipment to enhance its 3D utility mapping capabilities.

Until now Socotec’s utility mapping has been undertaken by setting out grid lines longitudinal and transversely using technology such as Radio Frequency Location (RFL) and Ground Penetration Radar (GPR). With the new equipment, surveys only need to be performed in one direction as the Stream C’s 34 antennas can automatically detect the pipes in real time and display the underground network in a single scan - the accuracy of which is essential to providing integral data for the safety of ongoing project execution.

According to Socotec, the new equipment will to support a number of projects, both large and small, and reduce the time taken to undertake utility mapping by 50%.

Socotec operations director Clare Chapman said: “Adding this specialist piece of equipment to our in-house resource further enhances the value we can bring to our clients’ projects. Our aim is to help our clients minimise ground related uncertainty and risk, as well as maximising efficiencies, and the benefits and features of the Stream C adds to our capability to provide this high quality service.”

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