Metrotech VScan Training
Sygma Solutions provides training in various techniques used in surveying underground utilities. Metrotech VScan is an advanced utility locator tool, and Sygma Solutions provides focused and fast track training for operators on how to use this system effectively.
VScan Utility Detection and Avoidance Tool
This buried utility avoidance tool can help detect most kinds of underground utility service resources. It can find metal pipes used in gas and water service networks, cables used in electrical and telecom services, and other resources.
VScan Training – Classroom
The course begins by examining the need for underground utility survey. The HSG47 guidelines are discussed, and the consequences of mistakes in utility detection are illustrated using example situations.
Electromagnetic theory is covered to show how these principles are used in pipe and cable detection tools. The capabilities and limitations of such tools are also discussed.
Then, the features and functions of the VScan system are discussed and operatives learn to check the system to see if it is in proper functioning order. The course covers the menu systems on the transmitter and receiver units and how to configure them to work well together
Transmitter settings and frequency selections are also explained. Course participants are taught how to operate the device in different locate modes like passive mode, active mode, and metal locate mode. Operatives are also shown how to calibrate the receiver and transmitter units.
Next, the classroom session goes into advanced location techniques like two man sweep, nulling out to detect buried utilities of one service in sites where other service networks may also exist, techniques used to detect hard to trace street lamp cables, and capacitive coupling.
Operatives are shown how to use the MyVScan software to configure the system, select locate modes, set defaults, and create and retrieve Log files. They also learn how the logged data can be used to create relevant reports. Other functions of MyVscan like using it to schedule self-test and calibration, system maintenance, etc are also covered.
VScan Training – Site
On site, operatives first create an assumed route of underground utilities based on existing information like STATS plans, and a visual survey.
They then test the VScan system for proper performance, set up the transmitter and receiver units, and use it in various modes to detect different types of underground utility pipes and cables. These sessions give the operatives more confidence in using these systems when they have to conduct surveys on their current projects.