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Expert Delivery of Utility Surveys and Mapping: Embracing PAS 128 Survey Standards

At Manchester Measured Survey we deliver comprehensive utility mapping and PAS 128 survey services, which are the cornerstone of urban planning and development. Our below ground services survey is offering a window into the intricate world of underground utilities. Specialising in precision, our utility survey company stands at the forefront of underground mapping, employing the latest technologies to ensure the safety, efficiency, and success of your projects.


Team Conducting a PAS 128 Survey: A group of surveyors using advanced equipment, mapping underground utilities

What is a Utility Survey?

A utility survey is a critical process that involves detecting, mapping, and documenting underground utilities such as water pipes, gas lines, sewer systems, and electrical cables. These surveys are pivotal for any construction or excavation work, preventing potential hazards and ensuring that underground services are accurately located and mapped. At Manchester Measured Survey, we employ a variety of advanced techniques, including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), to provide comprehensive utility mapping services that safeguard your project from unforeseen complications.

Understanding PAS 128 Surveys

PAS 128, or Publicly Available Specification 128, is the benchmark for underground utility detection, verification, and location. Our PAS 128 surveys adhere to stringent guidelines to deliver high-quality, reliable data about the location and type of underground utilities. This detailed underground buried services survey ensures that project managers, contractors, and engineers have accurate and dependable underground services maps, facilitating informed decision-making and minimising the risk of damaging existing infrastructure.

Advancing with GPR Utility Surveys

At Manchester Measured Survey, we specialise in GPR utility surveys, a non-invasive method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. This advanced technology allows us to detect both metallic and non-metallic utilities, including PVC pipes and fiber optics, offering a comprehensive view of what lies beneath without the need for excavation. Our GPR surveys are crucial for accurate utility mapping, reducing the risk of utility strikes, and ensuring the safety of both workers and the public.

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Booking your Utility Survey is easy. Just fill out our short form, and we’ll quickly respond with a customised quote, streamlining your project’s kickoff.


Technician Reviewing an Underground Utility Survey on a tablet, ensuring accuracy in utility mapping.

Underground Utility Maps and Sewer System Mapping Solution

An underground utility map is a detailed representation of buried services beneath a specific area. These sewer system maps are indispensable tools for planning and executing construction projects, as they provide essential information about the location, depth, and type of underground utilities. By utilising our underground mapping services, clients can avoid costly repairs, project delays, and ensure compliance with legal and safety standards.


CCTV drainage survey

A CCTV survey is a method employed in the inspection of sewer and drainage systems, offering an in-depth view of the condition of underground pipes and conduits without the need for excavation. This non-invasive technique utilises remotely operated cameras to traverse sewer lines and drainage pipes, transmitting high-quality video footage back to engineers and technicians above ground. The data collected from a CCTV survey provides valuable insights into the structural integrity of the infrastructure, identifying blockages, cracks, collapses, and other potential issues that could affect functionality. By facilitating the early detection of problems, CCTV surveys play a crucial role in preventive maintenance strategies, helping to avoid costly repairs and minimise environmental impact. These surveys are essential tools in urban planning and maintenance, ensuring the longevity and reliability of critical underground services.


Process of CCTV Drainage Surveys

What our buried services survey can reveal?

Location of Utilities

Identifies the precise location of buried underground utilities, including water, gas, electricity, and telecommunications lines, facilitating planning and excavation.

Depth and Type of Services

Determines how deep below the surface utilities are buried and identifies the type of service each utility line provides, essential for safe digging practices.

Condition of Underground Infrastructure

Reveals the current state of underground utilities, detecting potential issues such as corrosion, damage, or blockages that may require maintenance or repair.

Existence of Unknown Utilities

Uncovers previously undocumented or forgotten utility lines, reducing the risk of accidental strikes during construction activities.

Mapping of Sewer Systems and Drainage

Provides detailed information about the location and condition of sewer lines and drainage systems, crucial for municipal planning and maintenance.

Comprehensive Risk Assessment

Aids in assessing potential risks associated with underground utilities, contributing to safer project execution and cost-effective project management.

Regulatory Compliance

Ensures that projects comply with local regulations and standards by accurately locating and documenting underground utilities, avoiding legal and financial penalties.

Route Planning for New Installations

Facilitates the strategic planning and placement of new utility installations by identifying safe paths that avoid existing underground services, ensuring efficient and unobstructed development.

A surveyor using a CCTV equipment

Other applications of underground surveys

  • Environmental Monitoring: Tracking underground pollution spread, identifying hazardous waste leakage sites, and mapping contaminated groundwater flow.
  • Disaster Preparedness: Mapping fault lines and assessing soil stability for earthquake risk assessment and mitigation planning.
  • Urban Planning: Identifying available underground space for utilities in densely populated areas to support smart city development.
  • Mining and Quarrying: Locating valuable minerals and resources, understanding geological formations, and planning extraction paths.
  • Water Resource Management: Mapping underground water tables, aquifers, and designing sustainable groundwater extraction systems.
  • Historical Preservation: Detecting and preserving underground historical artifacts and structures before construction or excavation projects.
  • Agricultural Development: Assessing soil composition and moisture levels for optimized irrigation and crop planning.
  • Security and Defense: Detecting underground tunnels, bunkers, and other structures for national security purposes.
  • Geotechnical Investigations: Assessing soil properties and underground conditions for safe and efficient design of foundations and other structural supports.
  • Archaeological Projects: offer a non-intrusive means to explore ancient landscapes, pinpointing buried structures and artifacts with precision and find the whole buildings burried under the ground.


What you will receive as a result of Utility Surveys

Field Sketches

Initial, hand-drawn visual representations capturing the layout of underground utilities as observed on-site, providing a quick reference for further detailed analysis.

CAD Drawings

Precise, computer-aided design drawings that offer detailed layouts of underground utilities, ensuring accuracy in planning and execution phases.


Raw data outputs from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys, showcasing the reflections from underground utilities and other objects, essential for interpreting subsurface conditions.

Depth Slices

Cross-sectional views at various depths obtained from GPR data, illustrating the horizontal distribution of buried utilities and facilitating a better understanding of the underground landscape.

3D Models

Comprehensive three-dimensional representations of underground utilities, created from survey data to provide an immersive visualization of subsurface infrastructure, aiding in complex project planning.

Comprehensive Reports

Detailed documentation that summarizes findings, interpretations, and recommendations based on the utility survey data, aiding stakeholders in making informed decisions.

Ready to book your survey?

Don’t let what’s below ground disrupt your plans above it. Contact Manchester Measured Survey today to schedule your PAS 128 utility surveys and take the first step towards a successful, safe, and informed project. Our team is ready to provide you with the utility mapping services you need to navigate the complexities of underground utilities with confidence. Let us help you build on a solid foundation of knowledge and safety.


Our Measured Building Survey Testimonials

Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor
We were looking for a topographical survey to be done for our company’s office blocks. Manchester Measured Survey completed an accurate and professional job. Received details drawing on time in great quality. Many thanks!
Terry Brown
Terry Brown
Our new property’s project architect recommended us to recieve a 3D point cloud survey from Manchester Measured Survey. These guys were a pleasure to work with and as a result their work was very helpful for our project overall. Highly recommended to everybody!
Nick Wilson
Nick Wilson
Very delighted with the service I received from these guys. They were a pleasure to work with. I will definitely use them again.
Olivia Brown
Olivia Brown
Our company has used the Manchester Measured Survey for over two years now for all our measured building survey needs. Happy with the service provided to us. The drawings were high quality and delivered in time. All our requirements were met. Highly recommended.
Sophie Newman
Sophie Newman
Many thanks to the team at Manchester Measured Survey. They were super responsive and we received our floor plans and elevations very quickly and the detail is immaculate! Will definitely be using them again for future projects.
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson
Our architectural firm required an urgent measured building survey and it was impossible to get an appointment but Adam from Manchester Measured Survey managed to squeeze us very next day which helped with project deadlines. We used them 4 times already and always get a professional and flexible approach and efficient turn around for drawings.

Why Choose Manchester Measured Survey?

At Manchester Measured Survey, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of service and expertise. Our commitment to excellence, combined with our advanced technology and deep understanding of underground surveying, makes us the preferred utility survey company for projects of all sizes. Choose us for:

  • Comprehensive PAS 128 surveys
  • Advanced GPR utility survey capabilities
  • A wide range of underground surveying services
  • Highly trained and experienced professionals
  • Commitment to safety

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