If you are a surveyor who needs to undertake surveys in order to locate underground utilities, you need to attend a proper training course in the correct use of the CAT and Genny in all of their modes. Sygma Solutions is the leading provider of CAT and Genny training in the UK and can offer courses here at our centre in Wigan or at your site anywhere in the UK.
Any contractor undertaking excavations of any description must be aware of the possibility, or indeed the likelihood, of underground cables and utilities that are at the precise point, or very close to, where the excavation has to take place. In fact, the problem should be approached from the point of view that there are very likely to be underground utilities and cables, rather than the fact that it is unlikely.
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.
Sygma Solutions is the leading provider of cable avoidance training in the UK. Our courses are based on first hand experience in the field. We have cable locator manufacturing experience which means that we understand the equipment inside out: we know how it works, why it works, and what it can – and equally importantly cannot – do.
Sygma Solutions Ltd is very pleased to announce that our popular 5 Day Utility Mapping Training course has now been approved by CICES. This means anyone attending the course will be given free student membership to CICES followed by free affiliate membership until March 2019 on course completion.
Our utility mapping course is the only course in the industry approved by both the TSA (The Survey Association) and CICES and in addition offers the option of the Proqual Level 3 Utility Mapping and Surveying qualification.
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.
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
It is a fact that there are far too many cable strikes by operatives engaged in groundwork throughout the UK. One cable strike is one too many, but according to one widely reported set of figures there are approximately 4 million excavations in the UK every year resulting in some 60,000 cable strikes! To be fair, the source of the figures is unknown, but it is not thought to include all works or annual variations.
Due to demand, we have now available a couple of public training courses open to individuals on Cat and Genny training at our premises in Wigan. Prices are £95 plus VAT per person.
You can add onto this the Proqual Level 2 Award in Utility Avoidance and the Location of Buried Services in Construction (provided you can prove you have previous experience of Cat and Genny training) for an additional registration fee of £35.
The upcoming courses are:
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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
8th – 9th April
15th – 16th April
20th – 21st May
17th – 18th June
1 Day Mala GPR Module 1 – Theory & Practical
1 Day Mala GPR Module 2 – Post processing
3 Day Advanced GPR – All Manufactures with Dan Bigman Learn GPR.com
19th -21st June
5 Day TSA & ICES Approved 5 Day Utility Mapping Course
20th – 25th May
24th – 29th June
22nd – 27th July
1 Day Public Genny & CAT course – Can Inlcude Level 2 Qual as option
Level 3 Utility Mapping Qualification – All 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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