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Utility Avoidance, Detection, Location, Mapping Course, Surveyor Course Training

This course is to achieve the nationally recognised QCF Level 2 in Utility  Location and Avoidance. Sygma Solutions Ltd have included additional advanced content in both the theory and practical delivery which both meets and exceeds the requirements of the qualification. 

This Qualification is also a HS2 Requirement

2 Day Training & Assessment Course. Maximum 8 delegates

Course Objectives

  • Improve operative’s awareness of how to avoid damaging buried utilities and
    operate cable locators to locate and subsequently avoid utilities.
  • To pass knowledge based assessment for QCF Level 2 Award in Utility
    Location and Avoidance
  • To pass practical based assessment for QCF Level 2 Award in Utility Location and Avoidance

Day 1. Course Format – Classroom

  • Reasons for using buried pipe & cable locators – Understanding health, safety & financial implications including guidance on how to comply with HSG47 – Avoiding Danger from Underground Services and a safe system of work. Other National Legislation & company policy documentation will be
    discussed. Consequences of utility strikes will be discussed.
  • Legislation and guidance including differences
  • Client and designer responsibilities under HSG47
  • Overview of utility networks – Operatives will learn about utility networks Explanation on how electricity/gas/water/communication etc., gets to our homes and businesses. Different cable/pipe types, materials, connectivity etc.
  • Buried Service Plans (STATS) – Operatives will learn how to interpret &understand different types of service plans including inaccuracies and limitations.
  • Calibration requirements. Correct storage and functional checks
  • Electromagnetic Theory – How a pipe & cable locator works, theory &limitations, tips & tricks. A session on “myth busting” will help operatives understand what the equipment can and cannot locate.
  • Controls & operation – Correct use of Cable Locator & Signal Transmitter in all modes, with strong emphasis on transmitter (Genny) use.
  • Interpretation of the signal and how to locate service joints, changes ofdirection/depth.
  • Signal distortion and its effects on location accuracy
  • Transmitter – Benefits of dual frequency, applications & how to use the Gennyto locate small and/or non-earthed cables using capacitance. How toeffectively earth the transmitter and earth positioning. Blind Induction search and effective nulling of services.
  • Data Logging – (optional).

Day 1. Course Format – Practical

  • Service plans and existing site information will be used to ascertain the indicated routes of buried mains & services, operatives will learn the importance of site visual checks before any work is undertaken (plans to be provided by client).
  • Operatives will be trained in the correct use of the equipment in all modes, confirming & locating buried mains & services from the service plans and previous visual inspection, testing & ensuring equipment is in satisfactory operating condition.
  • Operatives will learn how to use the equipment correctly, in all modes and will understand the benefits of always using the Cable Locator & Signal Transmitter combination including the benefits of dual frequency (where applicable)
  • Operatives will learn how to apply capacitance techniques
  • Operatives will learn how to effectively locate “problem” services such as street lighting & small service/comms cables.
  • Operatives will learn the effect of repositioning the Genny earth
  • Operatives will learn how to conduct a utility survey starting with the use of the Genny

Day 2. Course Format – Practical

  • Operatives will complete an additional practical exercise consisting of performing an electromagnetic utility survey of a different area.
  • Individual practical assessments will be completed in line with the QCF Level 2 requirements and Sygma Solutions additional content.

Day 2. Course Format – Classroom

  • Knowledge based assessment

Course Requirements

  • STATS Plans (buried service drawings) appropriate to the site MUST be available for the practical site work. If no existing plans are available, Sygma Solutions can supply plans for an additional cost to be agreed prior to the booking of the course.
  • Each operative will need their own cable location equipment which he/she is being trained on (Sygma carry a stock of equipment but cannot guarantee it will be the same model as delegates will be using), Sygma Solutions can supply the equipment at an additional cost to be agreed prior to the booking of the course.
  • A meeting/conference room suitable for up to 8 people will be required, with appropriate welfare facilities.
  • Operatives must have appropriate PPE to comply with National & Company Health & Safety requirements.
  • Qualification is accepted for HS2 CAT & Genny – Utility Location & Avoidance
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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