Specialist utility services company Bosch Munitech provides specialist utility services that include underground utility detection, which is essential for providing accurate information on underground infrastructure for many sectors, including the mining industry.
“Our service offering comprises the survey of underground utilities at mines and then transferring the data to a three-dimensional (3D) format for the client. Underground surveys – which require expert skills, using nonintrusive methods to locate the exact type, size, position and depth of buried utilities – are important for maintaining an accurate plan of the mining operation,” explains Bosch Munitech director Keshan Moodley.
“Our highly-skilled survey technicians use a ground penetrating radar and two different pipe locators – one for metallic and the other for nonmetallic pipes. Underground surveys are critical for reducing risk and ensuring efficiency and safety in every excavation or construction project,” he adds.
The Bosch Munitech team uses advanced equipment for underground surveys, which include electromagnetic locators, ground penetrating radars and sonde equipment. This technology is highly effective in locating buried services, such as water pipes, stormwater and sewage drains, as well as electrical, telecommunications and fibre-optic cables.
Key benefits of utility detection include accurate utility drawings for design purposes, less damage caused to essential services during excavation, reduction of costs caused by services damage, redesigns, interruptions and a safer working environment.
Bosch Munitech also offers 3D laser scanning, to enhance engineering projects. The company has made a substantial investment in a laser scanner with the latest technology for detailed measurement purposes, to create topographic maps, meshes, point clouds or drawings, based on the real world. The team uses the scanner to provide quick, accurate and relevant data.
Clients are able to view 3D illustrations virtually and problems can be identified before construction begins, without having to physically visit the site, which is an advantage during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Bosch Munitech’s other management utility service includes leak detection. This service is custom designed to suit specific clients’ requirement, whether it be a specific leak issue on a single main or an entire network. Key clients include consulting engineers, environmental specialists, construction and mining companies, municipalities, petroleum and industrial plants.