When contractors are undertaking any sort of work that involves penetrating the ground there is the ever-present risk of striking an underground utility. This could be electricity, gas, water, telecoms, fibre optics, and more. The Health and Safety Executive produces a pdf entitled “Avoiding Danger From

Underground Services” (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg47.pdf) which states: “Underground services are widespread. Assume they are present unless you have been shown otherwise.”

Striking an underground utility can result in a number of problems. At the very least the contractor has to stop work until it has been repaired. The company will also have to pay for the cost of the repair, and there may be considerable collateral damage when the lack of the utility impacts on others. Costs can be such that it puts the contractor out of business. Even if this should not occur, the contractor’s reputation will suffer damage.

Then there is the health and safety aspect. There are estimated to be some 60,000 cable strikes every year in the UK, resulting in many serious injuries.

It follows that cable avoidance must be an absolute priority for any contractor and there are several tools available to help with this. Two of these are the CAT and Genny – Cable Avoidance Tool and Signal Generator. However, it is not sufficient to purchase these and simply read the instructions.  CAT and Genny training is critical in order for operatives to fully understand how to use these tools in order to ensure that utilities are located and avoided.

Sygma Solutions is the leading provider of this training in the UK and runs a CAT and Genny course that teaches operatives every aspect of both tools.

These courses are both classroom based and followed with practical on-site training. Operatives learn the reasons for using buried pipe and cable locators and the health and safety implications including compliance with HSG47. They will learn how to use STATS – buried service plans – and learn electromagnetic theory and how the tools work. They will learn how to use the CAT and Genny in all the various modes and check the equipment is working properly. They will learn how to interpret the signals and how to locate service joints, changes of direction, and depth.

The classroom work is followed up with practical work on site in the use of both tools, and then a return to the classroom for a written assessment for which the pass mark is 70%.

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 GPR.com

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

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


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