Enhancing construction precision with cutting-edge service locating

By accurately mapping hidden assets, Fyfe’s service locating enhances construction precision and contributes to the overall success of any project.

Service locating plays a critical role in construction and development, allowing us to identify the precise locations of hidden underground utilities and services like water, gas, electricity and communication lines.

Knowing what’s under the surface before excavation begins makes the planning process easier, ensures worker safety, prevents service disruptions, and helps developers capitalise on existing infrastructure.

It also means avoiding the kind of mistakes that carry a hefty price tag, in terms of both time and cost.

Our approach to service locating

As a recognised CLO (Certified Locating Organisation), Fyfe uses the latest cutting-edge technologies alongside tried and tested methods to dig down into the details of a site’s services before any actual drilling takes place.

As most developers know, anecdotal knowledge of a site’s services can never be fully trusted. And in certain non-public spaces, infrastructure records may be lacking or even non-existent. These sources of information offer a starting point, but to accurately map services, we need to verify this information and include any previously unconsidered service lines.

Using electromagnetic frequency (EMF) techniques we can send electromagnetic signals into the ground and accurately measure the location and depth of buried infrastructure such as copper and steel pipes and cables.

To detect and map newer, longer-lasting materials, such as PVC, we switch to ground penetrating radar (GPR), which offers higher resolution and can detect a wider range of materials. GPR is especially useful in complex environments and for identifying shallow objects.

If needed, Fyfe’s experts can also use our GSSI StructureScan Mini XT to detect services hidden within concrete slabs.

Promising emerging technologies may soon see our team using GPR devices that also collect and process geospatial surface data, combining traditional land surveying with subterranean service locating.

All of our work is conducted to meet and exceed the Australian standard AS5488, which governs asset mapping. 

An integrated approach to project success

Service locating is just one part of the planning and construction process. As an integrated consultancy offering a range of services, including planning assistance and environmental and civil engineering, Fyfe can do more than just identify assets underground.

We can also provide a civil engineering design response that accounts for the infrastructure specifics of your site, devise a stormwater solution that meets environmental regulations and delivers on value, or use our detailed knowledge of your site to ensure your proposal goes ahead as planned.


Fyfe offers service locating nationwide and has Certified Locators around the country. We deliver highly detailed, trustworthy surveys that contribute to the overall success of any project. To enquire about service locating, please contact us