On 30th June 2014 Catsurveys attended the launch of PAS 128, the UK’s first specification for the detection of underground utilities, launched at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) head office in London. Catsurveys will be aligning themselves to the specification and recommends that companies involved in utility mapping should obtain a copy of PAS-128.
We recommend that all clients talk to their contractors about PAS 128 to help them understand the implications of the specification. Sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers and facilitated by BSI Standards Limited, the specification allows practitioners to detail the services they provide to a recognised level.
PAS 128 seeks to improve asset information amongst stakeholders by setting out clear and unambiguous information on the scope and accuracy of different methodologies used for utility surveys.
It aims to encourage fair competition, provide the basis for consistent and reliable levels of service across the utility detection industry and to raise survey standards.
Principally, the document specifies four quality levels used to record utility searches and any associated site reconnaissance, detection, verification and location. An indication of the comparative accuracies and certainties of each method are shown, allowing the costs and timescales related to each method to be quantified.
PAS 128 is now available from the British Standards Institution please click HERE to purchase a copy.
Should you have any questions with regards to PAS 128 please do not hesitate to contact us.