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What is GPS Drain Mapping?

GPS Drain Mapping
GPS Drain Mapping

GPS Drain Mapping, also referred to as asset mapping, utilises advanced GPS Technology to reveal the location of drainage systems along with other factors such as size, depth, directional flow, and access points within the system

Effectively managing a drainage system requires consistent attention to detail. Thankfully, advancements such as GPS Drainage Mapping have significantly improved the accuracy and efficiency of these tasks.

Our clients opt for drain mapping for various reasons, ranging from pinpointing drain and sewer issues to facilitating construction and further development work. Some clients just seek insight into their drainage system’s layout.

Whether you’re enhancing your property or business, or just curious about your property’s drainage layout, we offer tailored solutions. We meticulously map your drains, providing you with a schematic diagram illustrating lateral lines and discharge points for long-term reference.

How GPS Drain Mapping Carried Out

There are various methods for drain mapping, such as tracing water flow and dye testing. However, none match the precision and thoroughness of GPS Drain Mapping. This approach effectively identifies drain locations and their routing.

During the process advanced GPS technology is used, this system relies on GPS signals to accurately map assets with precision up to 2cm. Once the drain mapping equipment is connected, engineers on site can precisely locate various drainage elements such as manholes, gullies, and sewer pipes.

As part of the process engineers will identify and record the drains as foul or surface water drains, as well as their directional flow.

Why do I need GPS Drain Mapping?

Preparing to carry out construction work – Whether you’re considering an extension to your property or any significant building project that may disrupt the ground, having a layout of your drainage system becomes imperative. Understanding the location and depth of pipework provides contractors with essential information to plan ahead and avoid inadvertent damage during repairs.

When purchasing a property – While a homebuyer’s drain survey might suffice, for a comprehensive understanding of the drainage network and its condition, drain mapping proves invaluable. It’s not uncommon for building surveyors to recommend this step to ensure a thorough assessment before finalizing a property purchase.

Commercial Property Owners – Similar considerations apply to commercial premises, with the additional responsibility of managing drainage systems efficiently. Conducting drain mapping for commercial land becomes essential for site managers, facilitating better awareness of the system’s capacity and readiness to manage potential spills or flooding, which holds significance for environmental compliance.