Seminars & Courses

Underground Utility Locating Information Seminars

  • BC & Alberta

Recommended for: Anyone participating in ground disturbance activity of any kind, whether drilling or excavating.

Length: Approximately 2.5 hours

Location: At client’s office or the CMH Underground Prince George and Terrace facilities (including surrounding areas of Smithers, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert, BC)

Cost: Free to customers

Participants will learn the following:

  • What utilities are found underground?
  • What are these utilities made of?
  • What are the consequences of striking these utilities?
  • What methods are used to locate underground utilities?
    • Electromagnetic Detection methods
    • Sondes
    • Ground Penetrating Radar
    • Concrete scanning
    • Pipe cameras

Participants will learn about the benefits and limitations of all underground utility locating methods. A demonstration of the use of each locating method will be given at the end of the seminar.

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One Day Underground Utility Locating Course

  • BC & Alberta

Recommended for: Individuals or companies that have recently purchased underground utility locating equipment. Course is custom-tailored to suit needs of organizations participating.

Length: 8am – 4pm (2x 15min breaks + 30min lunch)

Location: At client’s office or the CMH Underground Prince George facility (including surrounding areas of Smithers, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert)

Cost: Per participant – 6 students maximum

Though custom tailored, each course will include the following:

1) Introduction to Damage Prevention in British Columbia

  • Identify the risks of damage to underground utilities
  • Identify the potential consequences of locating errors
  • Describe the key regulations regarding locating safety in British Columbia

2) Basics of underground utility and infrastructure

  • Identify detectable and non-detectable underground pipe and cable materials
  • Identify where certain underground pipe and cable materials are used
  • Identify different visual evidence of buried utilities

3) The Locating System: BC One Call; Responsibilities, Regulations, Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of utility owners
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of ground disturbers
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the locator
  • Describe the strengths of the BC One Call System
  • Describe the weaknesses of the BC One Call System

4) Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Locating; Theory and Practical

  • Describe the basics of electromagnetic fields as they apply to electromagnetic locating
  • Demonstrate transmitter operation
  • Demonstrate receiver operation
  • Demonstrate proper equipment maintenance
  • Describe the marking system
  • Identify different utility equipment features
  • Follow the steps of conducting a locate
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