Tracing Of Underground Pipes And Cables

Former Battery Park UGS render (3)

Underground services shown in a 3D Revit model

Not knowing where all the pipes and cables run under your site can be dangerous and costly. Our tracing team use radio detection equipment and ground penetrating radar to scan your site for underground services. Our accurate surveys show all your services at their true position and depth so you dig with confidence.

  • Underground pipes, cables, ducts and drainage
  • Gas, Water, Electric, Heating Systems
  • Fibre Optics
  • Telecoms
  • Foul Water Sewers
  • Surface Water Drainage

All services located and mapped

Add your underground services to a Topographical Survey or a Measured Building Survey

Topo with UGS

Topographical survey in CAD showing underground services

Electronic Detection

Our electronic detection equipment can locate metal cables and pipes by tracing the signals they give off, or by listening for a signal we’ve induced into the service run. This signal can measure the depth of the service run with a margin of 10% error. We can usually detect electric cables/ telecoms cables/ metal, gas and water pipes by using this equipment. Any object with a metal content can be traced if a signal can be induced into it.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Ground Penetrating Radar equipment sends radar waves into the ground to analyse patterns in the return signal. We are then able to locate inert objects such as plastic or concrete pipes that cannot be found by detecting an electronic signal. GPR can also verify the depth and position of services located using other methods.

Drainage Surveys

Service tracing teams use electronic sondes and GPR to trace the route of foul and surface water systems across a site. Pipe sizes, incoming systems and invert levels are all recorded during the survey.


CCTV Surveys

Full CCTV survey with video and condition report of any size of drainage system.

2D or 3D Deliverable

Your underground services survey can be delivered in any of the following formats:

As a 2D or 3D CAD overlay as part of a topographical survey.
A measured building survey
A 3D Revit model as part of a BIM deliverable

Statutory Utilities Search

The presence of any major services on a site and their approximate position can be confirmed by carrying out a desktop utilities search. We always recommend this is done before we start tracing on site.


What our customers say

Corporate Architecture
We've recently used Bury (not my first experience of the company) for a laser survey and Revit model output; first rate communication, responses and modelling, all within my alloted timescales. Perctect service, massive thanks to Steve and his team. We'll be back...
Alex Milton
Extremely quick to get out to do the survey for us and very responsive via email
Frankie Levey
I have worked with Bury Associates on a number of projects. They have always been a pleasure to deal with, are always helpful and are prompt in turning around information.
Richard Nicol
Bury Associates have been a pleasure to deal with. Excellent communication which has always been prompt and helpful. Recommended.
Amara Roca Iglesias
We work with Bury for the first time and are extremely happy with the level of information they provided and very impressed with their attitude. They are super kind, responsive and professional! It's been a pleasure to work with them and we would definitely be commissioning them again in future.
Richard Savory
We've had brilliant service from Bury Associates - very prompt and professional. All RFIs are dealt with immediately. Fantastic.
Myles Reece
This was the first time I have worked with Bury Associates and I was extremely impressed with the service and quality of the information they produced. I would happily recommend them them and will be using their services again.
James Verner
So helpful with my research
Ken Pearce
Cordles Company
This is our first time using Bury Associates and they have been incredibly helpful and efficient and I have been really impressed with their service so far. Jan has been our main contact and she has been so quick to assist and provide us with a quote and arrange our site visit. We will definitely be using them for future projects.