Utility Disbursement Costs for Underground Utility Searches – Why So Varied?

Some utility companies provide plans for free and some charge up to £75 disbursement charge – the majority are somewhere in between. There is no definitive precedent for disbursement pricing for utility plans – the costs are very much a subjective decision made by the utility company. The ones offering no disbursement costs are perhaps…

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Should I Be Searching for Communication Cables and Fibre in My Underground Utility Searches?

Fibre and cable networks are growing rapidly. This is mainly due to the demand for faster broadband and improved rural access. Cable and fibre networks now create further challenges for anyone putting together underground utility plans prior to starting any excavation. The challenge for many is two-fold… 1. Should I be including this as part…

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The Challenges of Construction Projects in the Winter

Although British Winters aren’t famous for heavy snow, this year it is very likely, alongside. frozen grounds and cold winds. These are elements that can be a nightmare for us in the construction industry. The cost implication of these can be heavily felt, even without any reported rise in the cost of building materials.  …

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UK Construction Events in 2015

The Construction sector is one of the largest sectors of the UK economy. It contributes over £90 billion to the UK economy and despite recent economic and financial crisis affecting most developed economies, the UK construction industry remains one of the largest in Europe. According to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, ‘The UK…

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Underground Pipes and Cabling in the UK – Infographic

The UK has an enormous amount of underground pipes and cabling that provides the country with gas, electricity, telecommunication, water and more. There are a number of Gas & Electric Distributors throughout the UK who use the underground pipes and cabling to ensure that consumers get the utilities they need. Check out the informative infographic…

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Why You Should Consider Buying Underground Utility Plans Before Starting a Construction Project

Anytime you want to construct a new building in an unfamiliar or new environment, you should ensure that you observe Health & Safety requirements. You have to confirm whether the land has any underground pipes, fiber optic cables, or electrical cables. For you to ensure safety and to avoid damaging these facilities, you must obtain…

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Underground Utility Colour Codes

Underground utility colour codes are used to differentiate and identify underground utilities to protect it from damage during excavation. There are different types of utilities and in order to tell them apart coloured lines, flags or sometimes both are used. They help mark the location and indicate the type of utility that is buried underground….

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Taking Care When Locating Buried Utilities

Whether you are planning a self build project, an extension or simply excavating an area where you are unsure of what is beneath the surface it is wise to check with the utility companies first. Many people make assumptions with regards to locating buried utilities that often come back to haunt them. Locating buried utilities…

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