Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Vision express: Ground penetrating radar helps Loy Surveys carry out utilities mapping work on a sensitive Ministry of Defence site

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology was recently used by land surveyor Loy Surveys to undertake a complex utility mapping survey at one of the UK’s high security Ministry of Defence bases

Loy has recently invested in an IDS Detector Duo GPR device from Drilline Products. It uses radar technology to locate buried utilities and can identify power and fibre optic cables, as well as drainage and sewer pipes, irrespective of whether they are metallic or not. It is unique in that it uses two separate antennae for higher resolution and deeper investigation.

Operating within the confines of the strictest of safety zones, the team undertook a full underground service location survey to help the design team working on a project to repair and extend accommodation buildings.

Using an integrated approach, the surveyors conducted operations over an eight week period and were able to provide detailed information on service routes that would have on the proposed development.

“We have seen a significant uptake in demand for utility mapping surveys, as customers recognise the value in terms of safety and cost saving,” says Loy Surveys managing director Mark McGarragh.

“The investment in new technology allows us to offer a service that reduces the cost of conventional excavation, while at the same time delivering greater levels of accuracy. This minimises the risk of strikes and damage to underground utilities and reduces the design changes, which means fewer delays and penalties.”

“The innovative combination of advanced detection and mapping technologies is supported by a highly trained team of specialists who have the experience to understand our customers’ needs and ensure that they are fully met.”

Established in 1985, and with offices across the UK, Loy Surveys has undertaken over 10,000 surveys for a diverse customer base, which includes contractors, architects, engineers, local authorities, estate developers, oil companies and utilities.

In an industry where the penalties for damage to an underground utility are high, accuracy is the key to minimising risk and creating the safest possible environment on a construction project.

But technology is only as good as the person using it and Loy can draw on the company’s 30 year legacy of specialist training and development that has produced highly skilled surveyors.

It is a combination that has helped the business achieve a reputation for consistently high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

Loy’s surveyors are experts in the legislative and health and safety requirements that are crucial to any project and can evaluate all of the variants that may impact on a mapping survey, such as ground conditions, size and depth of objects and other external factors.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.