Uncovering utilities in undeveloped areas


In rural areas where hidden utility services are typically less dense, Zetica can help you carry out your due diligence at reduced cost through intelligent survey design.


The more open ground allows for the deployment of our vehicle-mounted systems, which significantly reduce time required on site while delivering the clearest possible mapping of underground services.


At Zetica, we have a market-leading reputation for providing a realistic assessment of what is possible on any given site, and applying the apposite mix of standard and alternative techniques to achieve it.


For example, where moist, clay-rich soils limit the effectiveness of GPR signal penetration depths in rural areas, we may instead identify EM profiling as the more appropriate method. Or, we may recommend GPR surveys be carried out after a prolonged dry period, in order to counteract the soil’s effect.


Through this flexibility and expert knowledge, we’re able to provide a clear picture of the rural subsurface in even the most challenging conditions.

PAS128 surveys for rural areas


Our utility detection surveys are carried out in line with PAS128, the BSI’s standard specification for underground utility detection, verification and location.


A PAS128-compliant utilities survey helps to reduce the potential for programme disruption and safety issues, which could be caused by incomplete or inaccurate mapping.


In undeveloped rural areas, PAS128 Type B Method 1 detection techniques are typically deployed, including RFL (Radio Frequency Location) and GPR.


These detection methods – and any more-effective alternatives we identify – can be enhanced by post-survey processing and data interpretation. We can also produce CAD drawings for your practical use on site, formatted in accordance with your specified BIM format.

Want to know more?


To find out more about our rural utilities surveys and discuss your requirements with our engineers, please just call (0)1993 886 682 or contact us online.