Underground detection is an interesting topic to me. Think about it: you walk around all day on hard concrete or soft grass without knowing what’s really below the surface. There could simply be dirt and rocks, or there could be an intricate network of cables and pipes. How do you know unless you go beneath the surface?
I’m a scuba diver and the same holds true for water as it does for land. What may appear one way on the surface can be, and often is, quiet different from what’s actually down below. As I roll off the boat geared up and ready for a dive, the waves crash against the boat and white caps seem to gnarl their teeth. It seems rough at times, and I know not what’s actually below, except for the dive maps I have on-hand. But with the currents, and constantly changing ocean life, I can’t possibly know the real deal until I make that plunge and slowly descend to the bottom. What I find there is an entire world of difference from the surface.
While on land, you can’t simply descend and look around at what’s down there, you need instruments. Instruments tell you, without ever having to break the surface, what lies below, because if you break the surface and rupture a pipe or cable, you’re in for a lot of trouble. It could mean serious downtime for your customers, thousands of dollars in damage, and manpower that could have been used elsewhere.
In this issue we explore just some of the different options available to you for underground detection. Not only are there instruments available such as the Innspector 007 from SubSurface Instruments, the Easy Locator from MALA GeoScience, or the Triad Series from Goldak, but there are also services, such as DIRT and the Call Before You Dig number, 811, that should be utilized before ever making the dig.
Never, ever dig before knowing what’s down below. Don’t trust your instincts; trust your instruments and services.
Now on a different topic, I must tell you that the website for the Utility Products Conference and Expo is now live and open for business. Be sure to check it out at www.utilityproductsexpo.com to learn more about this great, new show. The floorplan is now available online as well. Better hurry and book your booth space, I’d hate for you to miss out on this great opportunity to show the world what you have to offer.