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Hydro vacuum trucks can also be equipped with underground service locators, making them an ideal solution for identifying and mapping the location of buried utilities and other structures. The service locator system uses advanced technology, such as ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic sensors, to detect and locate underground utilities, including gas lines, water pipes, electrical conduits, and telecommunications cables. Once the underground utilities are located, the hydro vacuum truck can be used to safely and precisely excavate the area around them, minimising the risk of damage and potential safety hazards. This approach is highly effective and can help to prevent costly repairs and potential disruptions to utility services. 


Vacuum excavation reduces the risks when exposing or digging around utilities. There are two methods of doing this: either by water or air.


Hydro-excavation is a cost effective solution due to the amount of labor and time saved. It is up to 4 times cheaper than traditional excavation, with less service interruptions as well as insurance rates!


Hydro excavation is a cleaner and more efficient way to construct roads, buildings. It allows for quick work with little environmental impact while preventing potential hazards from buried utilities in the area

Undergroud Utilities Locating

Our Service Locating offers advanced electromagnetic line locating technology to assist with cable locating for excavation work, site planning, and safe digging on residential properties.
It is crucial to locate cables before any excavation work as digging into cables, especially power cables, can result in fatalities and costly repairs.

SEQ Vacuum Excations provides utility cable locating services to a wide range of clients, including construction engineers, architects, surveyors, contractors, government departments, developers, and homeowners.

In the past, locating underground cables was based on utility company records which were often outdated and limited in accuracy. However, with the increase in renovations and data cables, traditional methods were no longer sufficient. With our advanced technology, a three-dimensional plan can be provided, showing all buried cables with over 97% accuracy, without the need for invasive digging.

Reduce The Risk Of Utility Line Damage With Vacuum Excavation

Hydro vacuum excavation highly reduces the possibility of harming or interfering with crucial underground utilities as opposed to conventional mechanical excavation using bobcats, backhoes, or bulldozers.

Underground Utilities damage can happen for a variety of causes, such as operator error, incorrect or missing service location markings, the discovery of additional lines beneath a single service, and occasionally, the blatant disregard for standard construction practices.

In order to securely excavate, non-destructive digging (NDD), non-evasive, economical, and accurate processes are used. Vacuum hydro excavation is now frequently much more cost-effective for completing your excavation needs while protecting underground services.

By using hydro vacuum trucks for underground service locators, contractors, municipalities, and property owners can ensure that underground utilities are safely and accurately located, making excavation and construction work safer and more efficient..

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If you have any questions about underground service locating, please read these frequently asked questions:

What type of locating service do I need?

We use several different methods to locate underground services, but the most common and effective is electromagnetic radio waves. This method involves a transmitter and receiver to send and pick up signals through pipes and cables.

Do I need underground utility locations before I begin excavations?

Yes, it is essential to locate underground utilities before excavation to avoid damaging pipes and cables, which can be costly and dangerous.

Can you locate my house connections?

Yes, we can locate your house connections using electronic locating equipment.

Can you locate optic fibre cables?

Yes, we can locate optic fibre cables using specific electronic locating equipment designed for non-metallic lines.

How accurate are electronic underground locations?

Electronic underground locations are highly accurate, but accuracy depends on several factors, including the equipment used, the depth of the service, and the composition of the surrounding soil.

How deep can electronic locators detect a pipe or cable?

Electronic locators can detect pipes and cables up to 6 meters deep, depending on the soil type and composition.

What are underground service locators?

Underground service locators are professionals who use specialised equipment to locate underground utilities, pipes and cables.

How are underground services identified or marked on-site?

We use various marking methods, such as paint, flags, or stakes, to identify underground services on-site.

Who uses underground service locators?

Construction companies, utility providers, and homeowners are some of the most common clients who use underground service locators.


We’ve worked for countless happy clients throughout Brisbane, sunshine coast, the Gold Coast and the rest of southeast Queensland. We’ve provided non-destructive, problem-free excavation services for a long time now, to a wide variety of clients, ranging from plumbers, electricians, and building contractors. We have dug trenches up to 80–100 metres long and 1 metre deep for some of our electrical clients.

Jessie Porter
Jessie Porter
I contacted SEQ Vacuum Excavation to help me with a complex commercial excavation project, and they were fantastic. They arrived on time and meticulously planned and executed the excavation work, delivering excellent results that met all of my requirements. Their team was professional, friendly, and highly skilled, and I'd definitely use their services again.
Shelley Stewart
Shelley Stewart
I engaged SEQ Vacuum Excavation for a hydro excavation project that involved locating underground water and gas lines on my property. Their team was knowledgeable and efficient, and they delivered accurate results quickly. I was impressed by their professionalism and the quality of their work, and I'd highly recommend them to others.
Rose Perez
Rose Perez
We have been using SEQ Vacuum Excavation for a few years now and their vacuum excavation services have been nothing short of outstanding. We recommend them.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
SEQ Vacuum Excavation is the best in the business! Their hydro excavation team in Brisbane are highly professional and have always done an excellent job for us. Highly recommended!
Raymond Hammons
Raymond Hammons
We used SEQ vacuum excavation for a few recent developments in Brisbane. Nothing but good things to say about those blokes. quick and easy done.
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