Utility Surveyor Training Course

Starting Date


Course Duration

1 Week

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Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Overview of utility networks – Operatives will learn about all utility networks “from power station to plug”, how does electricity/gas/water/comms etc., get to our homes. Different cable/pipe types, connectivity etc. – Classroom & Site
  • Surveying Methodology – How to go about a typical utility survey, where to start and why – Classroom & Site.
  • Utility (STAT’s) Plans – Conventions, variations, abbreviations & meanings – Operatives will study a wide variety of different plans.
  • Locating without a locator – Operatives will draw the assumed route of buried services onto a blank base plan – Site

Day 2 

  • Basic Electrical Theory – Operatives will learn about electrical circuits with a “back to basics” practical approach using bulbs, wires, batteries, magnets etc – Classroom.
  • Electromagnetic (EM) Theory – Understanding how an EM locator works,  how to and where to apply a signal, limitations etc – Classroom.
  • Legislation/Health & Safety requirements/implications – Overview of HSG47 – Classroom.

Day 3

  • RD4000/8000 Specific information – Understanding frequencies, distortion, depth, current, Current Direction (Signal Direction) etc – Classroom.
  • RD4000/8000 Operation – Operatives will use the equipment to compare “Locating without a locator” & Stats Plans findings – Site.

Day 4

  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Theory – Operatives will learn the theory of how GPR works, what the settings & controls do, different ground conditions and view “real world” examples – Classroom.
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Operation – Operatives will use the GPR to locate a variety of buried utilities in different situations – Site.

Day 5

  • Practical Test – Two man team to survey small site area using all methods learned including – STAT’s Plans, “Locating without a locator”, Surveying Methodology, RD4000/8000 & GPR, providing rough sketch of locations & depths. Operatives will be observed and methodologies will be observed and proof location will be demonstrated to the examiner(s) – Site.
  • Written Exam – Operatives will sit a written exam under exam conditions. The exam will include a combination of graphical and written questions – A pass mark of 70% is required to successfully complete the course – Classroom.

Course requirements

  • Appropriate PPE for working in quiet roads & footpaths.
  • Specific Electromagnetic &/or GPR equipment as required (Radiodetection RD4000/8000 systems & Mala Easy Locator GPR will available on site).


Meals & soft drinks will be provided free of charge at the course venue, accommodation will not be provided but assistance with booking accommodation can be provided upon request.

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

Contact Sygma Solutions for dates

Course venue

Sygma Solutions
Hindley Business Centre
Hindley WN2 3PA

Joining instructions will be sent at least seven days before start date.