Advanced Utility Surveyor Training

Starting Date


Course Duration

1 Week

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Sygma Solutions offer an advanced five day utility surveyor training course at a new, dedicated “Real World” training facility.

Fee: £1750 + VAT per person (10% Discount for TSA Members)

The course is designed for utility surveyors with all levels of experience and includes a back to basics approach, which even the most experienced surveyor will find useful.

Courses are run monthly, please contact Sygma for availability.

Course Venue

Sygma Solutions’ training and assessment facility is an ideal venue for utility location training. A new training room with all “classroom” facilities has been developed and all stats (utility) plans for a square mile of REAL highways and footpaths have been obtained.

Sygma Solutions training is “real world” and not based on a simulated environment. There is, within easy walking distance:

  • Older type residential housing estates
  • New build residential housing estates
  • Busy main roads & highways
  • Congested town centres
  • Industrial areas
  • Substations

Each of these environments often requires different utility surveying techniques, which will be fully demonstrated to delegates.

Buffet lunches & hot/cold drinks will be provided free of charge for all delegates.

Course Instructors

Sygma Solutions’ training instructors are unique in the fact they have:

  • Electromagnetic (EM) Cable & Pipe Locator manufacturing experience. A combined 35 years experience working for the world’s largest manufacturer of electromagnetic cable & pipe locating equipment means they understand the equipment in great detail and were involved in the development and testing of the equipment. They therefore know exactly how it works, why it works and will clearly explain the limitations of the equipment.
  • Utility surveying experience, working in REAL “on site” conditions, problem solving and mapping intricate utility networks. Tips & tricks that are not shown in any manufacturers’ training material. Cable Fault Location and Pipeline Mapping & Monitoring experience.

Worldwide utility locating experience including product development, testing and training across all sectors of the industry.

Course Equipment

Sygma Solutions provides Radiodetection EM equipment & Mala Geosciences GPR for delegates to use, however, it is more beneficial for delegates to bring their own equipment, especially if it is different manufacturers’ units.

Course Delegate Requirements

Delegates will need to bring appropriate PPE & wet weather attire, dress code is informal. Any delegates with medical conditions &/or allergies should inform Sygma Solutions at least seven days prior to course start date.

Course Content

The five day course is a combination of classroom and on site practical culminating in a half day site survey using EM, GPR and plans, finishing with a written exam paper. Course numbers are restricted to four operatives per trainer or a maximum of six when two trainers are available.

Day 1

Overview of utility networks, Surveying Methodology & site investigations, “Locating without a locator”, Stats Plans conventions, variations and meanings – Classroom & Site.

Day 2

Basic Electrical Theory & Electromagnetic Theory, understanding how a locator works including limitations etc, HSG47 – Classroom.

Day 3

Equipment specific training RD4000/8000 understanding frequencies, distortion, depth, current, CD Comparing “Locating without a locator” with Stats Plans & equipment findings – Classroom & Site.

Day 4

Ground Penetrating Radar Theory – Classroom. GPR Operation – Site

Day 5

Practical assessment – Two man team to survey real site area using Stats Plans, Locating without a locator, Surveying Methodology, RD4000/8000 & GPR, providing rough sketch of locations & depths. – Site.

Written Exam – Classroom.