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This is why you should measure house connections

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“Lights, cameras, action!” No wait, that’s not right. “Lights, gas, water!”. Yes, much better. When you build or renovate a house regularly, you know that there are multiple connections to be made. In order to lay the necessary pipes and cables for these house connections, you should measure centimetre accurate data to help prepare you(r colleagues) for these tasks. This blog gets you started.

Types of house connections

There are various types of house connections that need to be measured, including

  • Electricity
  • Fibre optics
  • Gas
  • Internet
  • Water

You digital survey those connections before you start with the laying process itself, to avoid excavation damage and get it right the first time. You will only get it right when you set yourself up for immediate success.

Types of house connections

You first start with investigating the current (underground) situation, specifically the presence of earlier laid pipes and cables. It is best to request that kind of information from your (local) government. In the Netherlands, that is called a ‘KLIC-melding’. We are sure every country has its own process and steps to receive that information. Keep in mind that some of those pre-existing pipes and cables may not be connected to houses anymore but are still buried in the ground.

Requesting this data before you start digging, allows you to familiarize yourself with the existing situation. You will avoid excavation damage, and you do not have to break asphalt or concrete to find out what is already laid in the area you want to work. This saves money and time, while simultaneously reducing nuisance for local residents or nearby companies. Surveying the exact location of the pipes and cables for the newly built house connections, generates centimetre accurate data to use for future projects too.

Types of house connections

But the tasks and possibilities go beyond the house connections mentioned above. They touch upon the sewerage system as well. These sewers need to fit perfectly and you need to make sure that they do not get hit with a tool when you open up the ground. This means that surveying sewerage is for important administrative purposes, as well as avoiding excavation damage. Knowing what is already laid in the ground, is an excellent way to start a new process.

Communications

From surveying to laying, there is a lot of communication between the people in the field and those in the office. After measuring the yet to be constructed connections, the surveyors send the data to the office for revision in AutoCAD or another GIS/CAD/software program. When field workers start surveying in the same area again, they are able to take the previously surveyed data with them. This prevents you from doing the same work twice and keeps you working efficiently. Even years later.

So why you should

You should measure house connections, to provide yourself (and others) with the best possible preparation. From knowing where previously laid pipes and cables are to avoiding excavation damage altogether, and saving time and money in the process. Measured centimetre accurate data gives you a head start.

How you should measure

Now we have established why should measure house connections, it is time look into how you should do that. Working with the marXact UNI-Solutions gets you up to speed and working with centimetre accurate data registers every new connection. By using the UNI-GR1 as your digital surveying pole, you are able to generate points, lines, and polygons in open trenches and in many environments in no time.

The UNI-GR1 connects to the UNI-Connect survey tool to survey easily, as well as to many tools and software due to its open interface and API. Sync and store your survey data and custom-made drawings in the UNI-Cloud, where you review immediately and easily keep track of your work process and progress. Measuring house connections is that easy. And it’s really affordable, priced at just € 0.04 per meter. See more prices and calculations in this blog and learn how digital surveying helps you even financially!

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