Cable strikes are running at about an average of 60,000 every year in the UK as a result of contractors digging without knowledge of underground utilities. That is an average of 165 every single day of the year and, at best, results in a delay on the contract while the utility sends workers to resolve the problem. A cable strike can also result in minor injury, serious injury, and in a handful of cases, fatalities.

Just a delay in carrying out work on the contract can cost the contractor the wages of men who are standing about idle until the problem is resolved. However, it can cost considerably more if the main contractor decides to withhold payments because of the delays. It can cost even more if businesses in the area that are affected claim for loss of income – and all because the contractor simply was not aware of the buried utilities.

This is why cable avoidance training is critical for any contractor anywhere who is about to dig a hole in the ground. It doesn’t even matter if the hole that is going to be dug is in the middle of a field full of sheep – there can still be underground utilities there simply because it is the shortest distance from one village to the next, which is why the utility company chose that route in the first place.

Sygma Solutions provides CAT and Genny training for operatives of any company engaged in construction work which involves digging into the ground. They begin with the reasons for using buried pipe and cable locators and an understanding of the health and safety implications, including information on how to comply with HSG47. Operatives will also learn how to understand STATS (buried service plans) and learn that they can sometimes be wildly inaccurate and cannot be relied upon by themselves. At other times, they are simply not available at all.

Course attendees are taught electromagnetic theory and the correct use of the CAT 4 and Genny 4 in all modes, at the same time having an understanding of their limitations and what they can and cannot locate. Following work in the classroom, operatives are taken out on site and will carry out practical work in the correct use of the equipment in real life situations.

Courses Availability

2 Day Advanced EM Course (RD8100 & VIVAX)

In depth course covering electromagnetic locators, theory and intensive practical on our real world training site.

Cost: £295 per person
Location: Wigan
8th – 9th April
15th – 16th April
20th – 21st May
17th – 18th June

1 Day Mala GPR Module 1 – Theory & Practical

Cost: FOC
Location: Wigan
24th April
5th June

1 Day Mala GPR Module 2 – Post processing

Cost: FOC
Location: Wigan
25th April
6th June

3 Day Advanced GPR – All Manufactures with Dan Bigman Learn

Cost: £995
Location: Wigan
19th -21st June

5 Day TSA & ICES Approved 5 Day Utility Mapping Course

Location: Worcester
20th – 25th May
24th – 29th June
22nd – 27th July

1 Day Public Genny & CAT course – Can Inlcude Level 2 Qual as option

Cost: £95
Location: Wigan
26th April
24th May
21st June

Level 3 Utility Mapping Qualification – All Online

Cost: £245
Location: Online
Dates: To suit

Level 5 Diploma Utility Mapping Qualification – Online workbooks – followed by assessment

Cost £1100 + Reg Fee
Location: Sygma training centre or your site
Dates: To suit.

Public Cat & Genny Training can also include Proqual Level 2 if requested

22nd March, 26th April
24th May, 21st June, 26th July

Sygma PAS 128 Utility Surveyor Training Including Proqual Level 3 Utility Mapping and Surveying

25th March, 29th April
20th May, 24th June, 22nd July
19th August, 23rd September, 21st October
18th November, 09th December

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