Cable Avoidance Tools

Designed to safely locate underground utilities such as mains cables, data/telecoms cables and pipes to name a few, we stock cable avoidance tools and signal generators from Radiodetection. We also have a C.Scope range which features locators and generators for tracing all manner of buried obstacles.
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About Cable Avoidance Tools

Cable avoidance tools and signal generators are essential items of equipment used by the majority of utility excavation personnel. In the modern world, there is a jungle of structures, electricity cables, data/telecoms cabling, water and sewer pipes beneath our feet that have become more and more complex as towns and cities grow.

As such, the danger of accidentally 'striking' an underground cable or structure is greatly increased and this can cause unprecedented damage to equipment, moreover presenting a massive danger to life when excavation is needed in order to carry out work; the need for accurately locating and mapping these risks is imperative.

A cable locator is used to detect electromagnetic signals that surround metallic surfaces and will allow the engineer to locate and hence map out the location of underground services such as cables and pipes.

Not all underground services radiate a natural signal and it for this purpose that a signal generator should be used in tandem with a cable locator. A transmitter will generate a frequency signal into the ground that will bounce off structures like pipework, buried cables and even smaller diameter cables like telecom twisted pairs. The signal reaction is detected by the locator, thus allowing the user to accurately map out utility structures.

It may not always be necessary to use a cable locator and signal generator in tandem, although it is certainly classed as good working practice to ensure the risk of ‘striking’ is kept to a minimum.