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 (CATs) and signal generators (Gennys) from Radiodetection, C.Scope, Cable Detection and Leica which are used to check for underground service locations before undertaking any excavation work.
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About Cable Avoidance Tools

Cable avoidance tools (CAT) and signal generators (gennys) 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 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 avoidance tool (CAT) is used to detect signals 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 structures.

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

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