When you are a contractor engaged in any sort of excavation – which most contractors are, unless you are just a painter and decorator – the most important thing that you can do is to avoid hitting any underground utilities when you dig. If you don’t know exactly what is under the ground, at best you might hit a water pipe which will make you wet. At worst you will hit an electricity cable which can easily kill, or a gas pipe which can cause a huge explosion and do the same.

Any sort of cable strike is bad because, again at best, you will have to stop work and stand idle until the utility concerned has repaired it. This could cause you loss of income as you have workers doing nothing, but it could also result in a very large claim for loss of income from businesses affected by the damage caused by your workers. It could also result in claims from the company employing you, and loss of reputation in addition. It has not been unknown for a contractor to go out of business as the result of a cable strike.

This is why the CAT and Genny course that we provide at Sygma Solutions is essential training for your operatives. The CAT and Genny are the two most important tools for underground utility location, but the sad fact is that the majority of operatives do not understand how to use them to their fullest capabilities, nor yet understand their limitations.

We train your operatives in the use of the CAT 4 and Genny 4 in all modes, and they will no doubt be very surprised at all the things these tools can do when used properly. We put strong emphasis on Genny training, and first ensuring that the equipment is working correctly before commencing a search. We teach the benefits of dual frequency applications, & how to use the Genny to locate small and/or non-earthed cables using capacitance, how to effectively earth the Genny 4, and different methods including earth positioning. We also demonstrate blind induction search and effective nulling of services.

Our CAT training is second to none, and we have a basic one-day course available, together with a full 5-day course from which your operatives will emerge knowing as much about underground utility surveying as we do ourselves. You cannot get better training than the courses provided by Sygma Solutions.

Courses Availability

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

15th February,  22nd March,  26th April,

24th May,  21st June,  26th July

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

18th February,  25th March,  29th April

20th May,  24th June,  22nd July

19th August,  23rd September,  21st October

18th November,  09th December

2 Day Electromagnetic Advanced Locator Course Covering RD8000/RD8100 & Vivax Vloc

27th & 28th February

3 Day Learn GPR Training with Dan Bigman

06th – 08th March

Please contact: enquiries@sygma-solutions.com for current availability and booking form


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