SUMO Survey

Utility Detection & Mapping

Using the latest detection technology including electro-magnetics, signal induced threading and ground penetrating radar, SUMO locate metal pipes, plastic pipes, drainage systems, electricity cables, telecoms and fibre optic cables. In fact, just about any buried utility.


We do this without digging trial holes using a proven non-invasive methodology developed over many years which ensures consistent results and enables high levels of detection accuracy.
The position of any detected utility is marked on the ground surface in colour coded biodegradable paint by utility type. A line diagram is painted showing direction and depths are recorded where they are able to be measured.

Rapid Response

The SUMO Utility Detection product is a quick response service for contractors who need to undertake excavation works with minimised risk of service strikes.

Immediate Results

Not only can SUMO let you know what is underground, we do it immediately because our equipment provides real-time information. When we leave site all of the detected utility survey data will have been recorded on the ground. The survey results are reviewed with site workers for whom we provide a handbook explaining the meaning of the survey markings together with a FAQ guide to underground utility detection.

This service does not include a Statutory Records Search, which we can provide for an additional charge.

Utility Mapping

Where a permanent record of a Utility Detection survey is required, SUMO can provide a top quality colour coded survey drawing of the detected utilities combined with key topographic features.

SUMO prides itself on providing the best quality survey drawings in the industry.  All utility data marked on the ground surface is accurately recorded on the survey drawing using Total Station surveying techniques. Dependant upon the client's requirements, additional details including fixed surface utility features such as inspection chambers, valve boxes and telegraph poles, plus key topographic features including building lines, fence lines, kerb lines and street furniture can also be incorporated.  Street names, building names and house numbers will also be included to assist in the site location.

The survey data is referenced to ordnance survey grid and level datum as standard. The drawing can also be supplied to a specified grid & level datum and/or overlaid on an existing topographical survey.

The Sumo Utility Mapping service is ideal for the client who needs to undertake excavation works on sites where a record is required for future reference or as part of the pre-construction feasibility and design works.


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