Location Services Pipe & Cable

Underground Service Location Experts on the Sunshine Coast

Of course damage to underground assets can create dangerous and/or expensive problems.

But what you may not know:

State of the art equipment, experience and vacuum excavation capability is quite often a very effective way to reduce these risks.

Solution Focus

Using 35 years experience we often start by identifying all utilities and assets in the vicinity of any work site prior to the commencement of the project. Assets include water, gas, telecommunications, sewer and underground power.

If required, we can also assist in the safe and cost effective vac truck excavation of these utilities.

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How it Works

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD)

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) is normally the first step.

DBYD acts as a point of contact for those who want to excavate and underground asset owners.

When you use DBYD they raise an enquiry to the owners of assets, and these owner respond with plans of their assets in the work area selected.

More information on DBYD can be found here.

Pipe Location

Depending on the assets and location, there are a number of methods and we can employ.

Most commonly the method we use to locate pipes depends a lot on the material they are made out of.

If they are made from a material that conducts electricity often we are able to send a signal along the pipe. A receiver then picks up this signal to provide location information.

Pipes in Queensland are often made from materials that are not conductive (like concrete and poly) and require that we put a traceable conductor into the pipe which then enables us to locate the pipe.

Cable Location

Depending on the type of cable, there are a number of methods and equipment we can employ.

Most commonly we use the cable itself and send a signal along it. A receiver then picks up this signal to provide location information.

Common cables include electrical, telephone lines and optical fibre.

Equipment We Use

Each project no matter how big or small has its own unique needs.

To ensure the best results, a combination of training and experience is used along with vehicles fully equipped with (what we have found to be) the most useful location devices including ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Our service location vehicles are fully equipped with the most up to date location devices such as:

  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Electronic marker locator
  • Ferrous magnetic locator
  • Metal detector
  • GPO signal generator
  • Sonde on push rod
  • 4.5 meter camera for small drainage jobs
  • Variety of tools- eg: shovels, pit keys, barricades ETC

What We Can Locate

  • Power Cables
  • Telecommunication
  • Storm Water/Drainage
  • Water Pipes
  • Sewer
  • Fibre Optic Cable
  • Gas Pipes
  • High Voltage Cable
  • Fuel Lines

How We Can Make it Easy

Abletech Underground Group locators are capable of interpreting plans and can accurately locate underground utilities, line of direction and depth.

Our location services combined with our vacuum excavation potholing capabilities ensure we are the most accurate underground service location company on the sunshine coast and surrounding areas.

Abletech underground Group is dial before you dig (DBYD) and Telstra accredited.

All work is carried out in accordance with AS5488-2013. Photo mapping can be provided at client’s request.

Who We Work With

From home owners to infrastructure and construction companies our underground service location team can help you locate the location, depth and direction of the underground assets on your work site including water, gas, telecommunications, sewer and underground power.
Our equipment enables us to locate pretty much every pipe or cable imaginable.


Do I need electronic locations before I begin digging?
Yes. If you excavate without using a certified DBYD and any form of damage occurs to an underground asset, you will be held liable for costs and damages. It is your legal obligation to use a DBYD (dial before you dig) certified locator prior to commencement of excavation.

What is Dial Before You Dig (DBYD)?

Electricity and other essential services such as Water, Sewer and Gas etc. Are often provided through underground networks. Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) is a free national community service aimed at preventing, damage and disruption to Australia’s complex pipe and cable networks.

DBYD is a single point of contact that will supply you with the documentation or plans of underground assets in the area requested from utility suppliers.

How Accurate are Dial Before You Dig Plans?

The plans provided from Dial Before You Dig only indicate the presence of underground assets within the vicinity of the work area that has been requested and do not give an exact location. Following the Five Ps of Safe Excavation can ensure the right steps are taken to prevent damage to the underground infrastructure and the safety of yourself and workers. Click here – to see our 5 P’s to safe excavation.

How accurate are electronic locations?

Electronic detection of underground services is extremely accurate. Electronic location is classed as Quality B level in the classification of a subsurface utility AS 5488 – 2013.
To achieve Quality A level, electronic locations are required to be potholed via vacuum excavation or hand so the underground services are visually confirmed.