Ground probing radar (GPR) specialist Pipehawk has announced the launch of a cable avoidance tool. The company says that the e-Safe All Service Avoidance Tool allows users to detect any buried services and not just metal or live cables that limit the benefits of many conventional cable avoidance tools. The e-Safe uses Pipehawk’s GPR technology but the company says it does not require the operator to have any knowledge of GPR in order to use the equipment.
Pipehawk technical sales manager Alan Jones says: “With increasing numbers of gas and water mains being laid in plastic pipes and abandoned but still live electric cables being left in-situ when no longer required, the need for a system that can highlight all buried services and not just those that produce a detectable field is becoming paramount.”
Its ease of operation comes from the design of the control system which comprises a module on the GPR unit that shows the operator a moving colour graphic as the unit is traversed across the search site. A red display indicates a target has been located which means excavation in that area should be avoided.