The Challenge


Cabrina University needed Master Locators to provide our private utility locating services in preparation for renovations taking places on the campus. We were assigned to designate and mark out all locatable utilities within the scope of work, which included three separate areas. In addition to locating the private utilities, our service technicians provided depth estimates on all the marked out utilities at every 20 feet, on turns, and at junctions. The project covered almost seven acres between all three locations, which we were able to complete in five days.

How We Did It


The first area we scanned total 3.8 acres near Founders Hall. It included a parking garage and east side turn. The goal was to locate and mark out anything that crossed the proposed fence line, including a gas main, 13.2 volt electric main, telecommunications lines, grease interceptor, chiller, emergency generator, and transformer. However, there were complications in locating these known utilities. Cabrini College hired a tree company to clear the area, which resulted in power outages, utilities being damaged and paths being blocked to mark out any other utilities. 

While the first area had complications, the second and third areas went much more according to plan. The second area was the west side turn around Bruckmann Chapel, which measured 1.3 acres. We were able to locate the known electric lines and telecommunications duct bank. For the third area, we scanned the area where they planned to build a new dormitory called Lanshe House. Here, we found known telecommunications duct bank and buried TV cable lines. 

Overall, we used our ground penetrating radar (GPR) to locate water, gas, electric, storm, sewer and communication lines across the three areas at Cabrini University.

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