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Start your project on the right foot with 2M General Engineering! Get a fast, accurate estimate for underground utility locating services tailored to your specific project requirements.

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Why Choose 2M For Your Utility Locating Company

At 2M General Engineering, we pride ourselves on precision in underground utility locating. Here’s why the industry’s top players consistently choose us for their utility locating needs:

  • Rapid Response: You ask for a quote, and voila, you get a quote. Our team provides quick, accurate estimates to keep your project on track without the typical runaround and delays other locating companies do.
  • Expert Team: Our utility locators aren’t just any crew—they’re part of Operating Engineers Union Local 3. With years of experience and a toolkit of certifications, they know their stuff, which means you can rest easy.
  • Modern Technology: We harness the latest in electromagnetic and GPR technologies, including top-notch gear from RadioDetection, GSSI, and Trimble. The newer the equipment, the more accurate the locate!
  • Comprehensive Solutions: From Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and potholing to 811 Coordination and utility mapping, we offer everything under one roof. Why juggle multiple service providers when you can have an all-in-one solution under one roof?
  • Constant Communication: We ensure your project isn’t just completed but done so flawlessly. With us, you’re always in the loop—no mysterious silences or ghosting, which, sadly, is more than some can say about our competitors.

With 2M General Engineering, it’s not just about locating utilities. It’s about providing peace of mind coupled with exceptional service. 

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Better Software & Equipment Than The Other Guys

  • EM Locators: We utilize the Radiodetection RD8200 for its unparalleled accuracy in detecting underground utilities.
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Our GPR services are powered by advanced systems from GSSI and LMX, providing detailed subsurface images across various soil conditions.
  • Potholing Equipment: For safe and precise excavation, we employ Rival equipment, ensuring visual confirmation of utility locations with minimal disruption.
  • Mapping Technology: Our mapping and documentation process is enhanced by Pointman, CivilGrid, and Trimble technologies while drafting is done in Autodesk Civil3D software, enabling us to produce precise, actionable maps and plans.

Why Is Underground Utility Locating Necessary?

  1. Protect Your Peace (and Pipes): Nobody enjoys the drama of service outages. Precise utility locating keeps your water flowing and lights on, avoiding the chaos that ensues when someone accidentally digs up the neighborhood’s internet cable.
  2. Stay Safe, Not Sorry: Hitting a gas line is more than just an “oops.” It’s a serious hazard. With accurate utility locating, we keep the surprises above ground and away from headlines.
  3. Love Your Planet: Damaged utilities can mean more than just an expensive fix—they can wreak havoc on the environment. We find utilities before they find trouble, keeping the earth as clean as our record.
  4. Play by the Rules: It’s not just smart; it’s the law. We handle the heavy lifting, including those pesky 811 calls, ensuring your project stays within the lines of regulatory compliance.
  5. Save Your Budget (and Your Timeline): Surprise underground discoveries can blow budgets and schedules faster than you can say “redesign.” Our utility locating services map out a clear path, letting you plan effectively and dodge costly delays.
  6. Efficiency is Key: With a detailed utility map, rerouting becomes a thing of the past. Optimize your project’s layout from the start and keep those “fun” surprises to a minimum.

Find Utilites, Not Surprises

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we offer detailed mapping services, including PDF maps, KML/KMZ (Google Earth), Shapefiles and AutoCAD/Civil3D drawings.

While public 811 services mark only publicly-owned utilities up to the property line, private utility locating offers comprehensive coverage, identifying both public and private utilities throughout the entire site. This ensures thorough risk mitigation and accurate planning for construction and excavation projects.

The duration of an underground utility locating project can vary depending on the project’s size, the complexity of the area, and the number of utilities to be located. Our team works efficiently to minimize disruptions and complete the project as swiftly as possible, often within a few days to a week for standard projects.

Absolutely. Our non-invasive locating techniques, such as electromagnetic locating and ground penetrating radar, are environmentally safe. For projects requiring potholing, we use vacuum excavation, which is a gentle method that minimizes soil disturbance and potential harm to the environment.

We specialize in locating a wide range of utility types, including electrical and telecommunication lines, gas pipelines, water and sewage lines, and more. While our technology allows us to detect both metallic and non-metallic utilities, certain site and soil conditions or utility types may prevent / obscure the investigation. This is when we recommend potholing to safely expose the utility for visual verification.

While our equipment and techniques allow us to locate a broad spectrum of underground utilities, there may be limitations when it comes to utilities that are non-conductive and do not have a tracer wire, such as certain types of plastic pipes without metallic components. In such cases, we may recommend alternative strategies to ensure a comprehensive utility investigation.

Following the completion of utility locating where we mark your site with paint on the ground, we can optionally provide you with detailed documentation, including maps and photographs, of all identified utilities. This documentation aids in planning your construction or excavation project, ensuring you can proceed with confidence and avoid any potential conflicts with existing utilities.

No problem. Our team can utilize our advanced locating equipment and softwares to create an initial map of existing utilities. This map can then be refined and expanded as more detailed information is obtained through further investigation and locating techniques.

Although not “survey grade” (2M is NOT a licensed surveying company) our utility maps and drawings are highly accurate, thanks to our use of precise locating equipment and advanced mapping and error correction softwares, such as Trimble and Autodesk Civil3D. We strive to provide detailed documentation that accurately represents the subsurface utility landscape, aiding in effective planning and design.

No, we are not a licensed surveying firm and therefore do not provide stamped survey maps. However, we are equipped to generate detailed utility maps and documentation for your project. If stamped survey maps are required, we can make recommendations and connect you with trusted licensed surveying partners to meet your project’s needs.

While we do not stamp SUE maps ourselves, we collaborate closely with a number of Civil Engineering companies, providing them with the necessary utility investigation documentation. This documentation assists their Professional Engineers (P.E.’s) in creating an official stamped S.U.E. map, ensuring that your project meets all regulatory and compliance requirements.

Unveiling the Hidden with Precision and Expertise

At 2M General Engineering, we leverage the sophisticated technology of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to provide comprehensive insights into the subsurface world. Our use of industry-leading GPR equipment facilitates deep and detailed scans of underground facilities, delivering exceptional accuracy and clarity. 

2M’s GPR locating services are indispensable for construction planning, excavation projects, and locating underground utilities, ensuring your projects proceed safely.

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Why Choose 2M General Engineering for Your GPR Needs?

State-of-the-Art Technology: Our arsenal includes the cutting-edge GSSI SIR 4000 and LMX 200 machines, positioning us as your go-to partner for all underground scanning requirements. GPR technology is critical for mapping and analyzing the subsurface, offering a clear view of what lies beneath without the need for invasive digging.

Expert Team: Our professionals are not just operators; they are experts in interpreting GPR data. This expertise ensures that the information you receive isn’t just data, but actionable insights. This level of precision aids in the planning and execution of your projects, minimizing risks and maximizing efficiency.

Proven Track Record: Our project history is filled with successful GPR projects that span various industries and complexities from posh university campuses to military bases way out in the puckerbrush. This experience gives us the confidence to tackle challenging projects regardless of its size. By choosing us, you’re partnering with a team that’s not only equipped with the best technology but also seasoned in interpreting the complexities of underground scanning.

Uses of GPR in Modern Construction & Engineering Projects

The many uses of GPR are diverse and critical in today’s construction, engineering, and excavation projects. Whether it’s locating septic tanks, utility lines, or detecting voids, GPR technology provides a level of precision that is unparalleled. Our services are particularly beneficial for:

  • Job Site Utility Mapping: Accurately locating and mapping utility lines to prevent accidental damages during construction.
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Quality Level B: Providing detailed information on the depth and position of underground utilities for planning and design purposes. 
  • Road and Highway Design and Construction: GPR assists in mapping underground utilities and assessing subsurface conditions, ensuring accurate road and highway designs and minimizing the risk of utility conflicts during construction.
  • City Infrastructure Upgrades: GPR technology plays a crucial role in city improvement projects by accurately mapping underground utilities and detecting potential hazards, facilitating the planning and execution of infrastructure upgrades such as sewer line replacements, drainage improvements, and urban revitalization initiatives.
  • Bridge and Tunnel Construction: GPR technology aids in identifying underground utilities and assessing soil conditions, facilitating the design and construction of bridges and tunnels with minimal disruption to existing infrastructure.
  • Airport Expansion Projects: GPR is utilized to map underground utilities and detect subsurface anomalies, providing valuable data for airport expansion projects, runway construction, and infrastructure development while maintaining airport operations.

Exploring the Depths: The Science and Technology Behind GPR

Ground Penetrating Radar technology is a marvel of modern engineering and science. It operates by emitting electromagnetic waves into the ground and analyzing the signals that bounce back from underground structures. This non-intrusive method provides a safe and efficient means to visualize underground utilities, voids, and other anomalies, ensuring that your construction or excavation projects are built on solid and safe ground.

Our equipment, the GSSI SIR 4000 and LMX 200, represents the pinnacle of GPR technology. When combined with External GNSS/GPS, these tools offer unmatched accuracy in locating and mapping underground features. This capability is vital for avoiding potential subsurface hazards and ensuring the safety and efficiency of your projects.

Partner with 2M: Your Project's Success Is Our Priority

Harness the power of top-tier GPR scanning with 2M, where your project’s precision and safety are paramount. Navigate underground complexities with confidence.

Request a quote to enhance your project’s success with our expert GPR services.

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Utility Potholing Precision with 2M

Dive into your next project with clarity and confidence. 2M General Engineering, a leader in potholing and hydro vacuum excavation, offers clear insights into the subsurface for your infrastructure and construction projects. Using the latest technology and backed by the expertise of Operating Engineers Local 3, we aim for efficiency, safety, and minimal surprises.

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2M: Unrivaled Below, Unmatched Above

Choosing 2M means partnering with a team where risks are minimized, efficiency is maximized, and our can-do attitude brightens the process. We’re more than just a potholing company; we’re your subsurface sleuths, ensuring you have all the details needed for a successful project completion.

Let’s dig into why 2M is the go-to for potholing in design and construction projects:

  • Skilled Potholing Gurus: Utilizing our mighty fleet of hydrovac rigs, we do more than just detect utilities; we provide visual confirmation with the accuracy you need, and we document all of it for you.
  • A Foundation of Safety and Integrity: Our team’s backbone is as strong as the unions we’re part of (OE Local 3 / Laborers 185), ensuring your project’s integrity and stakeholder safety without compromise.
  • Detailed Digital Deliverables: Our LVD (Locate, Verify, Document) process doesn’t just scratch the surface. Expect detailed insights, including utility type, size, depth, direction, and photo evidence, giving you a crystal-clear picture of what’s below your job site.

Hydro Excavation: The Strategic Advantage in Design Phase

Choosing 2M for your project’s design phase means selecting a strategy that aligns with both your timeline and budget:

 

  • Design-Informed Excavation: Minimizing Job Site Impact: Our potholing methods prioritize preserving the integrity of your job site and surrounding areas while delivering essential data for your project’s design. 
  • Precision Planning: Say goodbye to uncertainty in your project’s early stages. Our precise utility poholing services provide the essential data you need to make informed design decisions, preventing costly redesigns and ensuring your project stays on track.
  • Safety from the Ground Up: Incorporating our services in the design phase prioritizes the safety of underground utilities and personnel, laying the foundation for a secure construction process.

Finishing Strong: Expert Backfill and Flawless Restoration

Once our precision work of locating and exposing utilities is complete, the final step in our process is meticulous backfill and paving/restoration. This phase is crucial, not only to return the site to its original state but also to ensure the integrity and safety of the excavated area. At 2M, we pride ourselves on leaving no trace behind, except for the valuable information gained and the assurance of a job done right.

Don't let underground unknowns dictate your project's direction.

Leave the subsurface mysteries to the pipeline puzzle solvers. With 2M’s potholing expertise, you’re equipped to make informed decisions, keeping your project moving smoothly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Potholing, also known as hydro or vacuum excavation, is a non-destructive method used to precisely locate underground utilities. By using a combination of water or air to break up soil and a vacuum to remove the debris, we can expose and visually verify the location, depth, and type of underground infrastructure without damaging it.

Incorporating potholing in the early stages of your project offers numerous benefits, including reducing the risk of utility damage, preventing costly project delays, and ensuring the safety of the construction environment. It provides critical data that can influence design decisions, helping to avoid potential conflicts with existing underground utilities.

Potholing provides precise information about the subsurface environment, enabling better planning and design. This precision helps in avoiding utility strikes, reducing project costs, and minimizing environmental impact. It’s a proactive step towards ensuring project timelines and budgets are met by mitigating unforeseen subsurface challenges.

Potholing can locate and verify a wide range of utilities, including water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric lines. It’s an effective method for identifying both metallic and non-metallic utilities.

Yes, potholing is versatile and can be effectively conducted in most soil types. However, the technique and equipment may be adjusted depending on soil conditions to ensure the most accurate and efficient excavation.

The duration of a potholing operation depends on several factors, including the project size, the number of utilities to be located, and soil conditions. Our team works diligently to complete the process as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and safety.

Safety is our top priority. We use non-destructive techniques to gently expose utilities without causing damage. Our experienced union technicians are trained to operate with the utmost care, ensuring that existing utilities are protected throughout the process.

Our potholing crews boast extensive experience, with each member having a minimum of 5 years in the field. Many of our team members have over a decade of potholing experience, ensuring expertise and precision in every operation.

Under average conditions with depths of 5 to 7 feet and limited traffic control requirements, we can typically complete 4 to 6 potholes in a day. Ground conditions may affect productivity, so feel free to reach out to discuss your specific needs.

No, we have the capability to dig potholes in any ground surface, including asphalt and concrete. Our equipment is adaptable to various surface types, ensuring versatility and efficiency in our potholing operations. Contact us to discuss your potholing requirements and surface specifics.

We typically partner with Capitol Barricade, based in Sacramento, CA, to ensure efficient and safe traffic control measures during our potholing operations, but we are open to working with your chosen firm as well.

Yes, we frequently utilize the services of 811 USA Markings (as required by law) and can provide that service for your project. Typically, we experience a lead time of 3 to 5 days from the day of contact to site marking.

Ready to integrate potholing into your project’s design phase? We appreciate the chance to earn your business. Simply provide us with a few details about your project through our quick quote form, and feel free to upload any relevant plans. One of our experienced estimating team members will promptly reach out to discuss your needs and provide you with the assistance you require. 

Utility Mapping: Precision Below the Surface

You’ve likely heard the industry joke that an excavator bucket is the “best” utility locator. Sure, it finds utilities—with a risk of explosive consequences. At 2M General Engineering, we believe in a smarter, safer approach. Avoid the drama and let us reveal the utilities before the heavy machinery takes the stage.

Make the Invisible, Visible

Navigate with Confidence

Forget the high-stakes game of guessing where to dig. Our utility mapping service equips you with the knowledge needed to break ground confidently. We illuminate the hidden world beneath your feet, providing a clear map of underground utilities, ensuring your project proceeds without unwelcome surprises.

Economic Efficiency in Planning and Design

Unexpected subsurface obstacles can inflate project costs with unforeseen reroutes and redesigns. Our utility mapping minimizes these risks, detailing the underground landscape to streamline civil engineering efforts and safeguard your budget against costly surprises and redesigns. 

What Is a Utility Map?

A utility map serves as the ground’s “x-ray,” offering a view of subsurface utilities and structures found within a project area. Our maps are crafted using advanced Trimble DA2 GNSS/GPS equipment and software, including GPR and electromagnetic locating tools, backed by the expertise of our experienced drafting team.

We’re Pointman & CivilGrid Certified

Leveraging Pointman, the leading cloud and mobile mapping software, we deliver unparalleled accuracy in utility mapping. This powerful tool complements our Trimble DA2 equipment perfectly, enhancing workflow, ensuring compliance, and providing instant access to critical data.

Leveraging the capabilities of CivilGrid, we enhance our utility mapping and potholing services. CivilGrid stands out as a Construction Intelligence Platform, offering a centralized solution for utility, environmental, and geotechnical site data. Their comprehensive engineering and construction project dataset, accessible in real-time from the cloud, caters specifically to the needs of real estate and infrastructure projects.

Detailed Deliverables

Our utility maps are more than diagrams; they’re your project’s guide to navigating the underground with confidence. Delivered in formats from PDFs and KMLs to CAD and Civil 3D, these maps integrate seamlessly into your workflow, empowering your team with the knowledge to proceed safely and efficiently.

Why Choose Us for Utility Mapping?

  • Precision: Our Trimble DA2 equipment, error-correction service and Pointman certification ensure the highest accuracy in utility mapping.
  • Comprehensive: From PDFs to CAD formats, our deliverables are tailored to fit your project needs.
  • Proactive: By engaging our services in the planning phase, you avoid unforeseen utility conflicts and design cost overruns.
  • Expertise: With levels of years of utility mapping experience, we offer depth and detail unmatched in the industry.

Start your next project with the assurance that comes from the most detailed subsurface intelligence available. 2M General Engineering is your partner in unveiling the unseen, ensuring your projects proceed on solid, informed ground.

Request a quote today to learn more about how our utility mapping service can transform your next project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our utility mapping service provides comprehensive deliverables tailored to meet the specific needs of your project. You can expect detailed maps in various formats, including PDFs, KMLs, CAD, and Civil 3D files, which integrate seamlessly into your project workflow. These deliverables offer a clear, accurate view of underground utilities, allowing your team to plan and execute projects with confidence and efficiency.

Our utility mapping process begins with a thorough assessment of your project area using advanced Trimble DA2 GNSS/GPS equipment, combined with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and electromagnetic locating tools. This is complemented by our certifications in Pointman and CivilGrid technologies, which enhance our workflow and data accuracy. Our experienced drafting team then processes the collected data to create a detailed utility map, providing a vital resource for your planning and design phases.

Choosing 2M General Engineering for utility mapping means partnering with a team that prioritizes precision, comprehensive service, and proactive planning. Our advanced equipment, certifications in industry-leading software, and years of experience ensure the highest accuracy in utility mapping. By engaging our services early in the planning phase, you can avoid unforeseen utility conflicts and design cost overruns, ensuring your project proceeds on solid and informed ground.

Absolutely. Our utility mapping service is designed to illuminate the subsurface landscape of your project area, identifying potential obstacles before they become problems. By providing a detailed map of underground utilities, we help minimize the risk of encountering unexpected subsurface obstacles, thus safeguarding your project against costly surprises, redesigns, and delays. This proactive approach ensures economic efficiency in planning and design, keeping your project on schedule and within budget.

Concrete Scanning Services by 2M General Engineering: Precision Meets Innovation

At 2M General Engineering, we understand the critical nature of identifying what lies beneath the surface of concrete structures before you commence cutting, drilling, or coring. The absence of this crucial information can lead to job delays, cost overruns, and potential damage to your industry reputation. We use specialized ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to offer a non-destructive and non-intrusive solution, ensuring the safety and efficiency of your projects.

No Guesswork, Concrete Facts

Why Choose 2M General Engineering for Concrete Scanning?
  • Professional Expertise: Leveraging high-frequency GPR antennas, our techs can detect both metallic and non-metallic objects within concrete structures up to 24 inches deep, depending on conditions. This allows for precise identification and mapping of rebar, conduits, post-tension cables, and radiant tubing, significantly reducing the risk of costly mistakes.
  • Comprehensive Solutions: The challenge of outdated or inaccurate construction plans is all too common in our industry. GPR technology shines in these scenarios, providing a reliable method forrevealing the actual conditions within concrete structures, far surpassing the capabilities of other tech
    nologies.
  • Efficient and Safe: Ground penetrating radar offers instant, on-site results and the ability to save scanning data digitally for off-site review. This includes high-resolution rebar mapping and detailed reporting, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your project’s subsurface conditions.
Our Three-Step Process:
  1. Assessment: Our initial evaluation of the workspace aims to understand the concrete’s condition, rebar and post tension cable patterns within the concrete slab and any potential obstacles that will affect the area of interest.
  2. Scanning: With results immediately visible, we meticulously mark out the detected objects directly on the concrete, creating a clear picture of the area’s subsurface layout.
  3. Documentation (Optional): Direct marking on the job site is standard, but we also provide detailed documentation and 3D modeling upon request, allowing for a tailored approach to each project.
What GPR Concrete Scanning Can Detect:
  • Rebar and Tendons: Avoid structural damage by precisely locating these before commencing work.
  • Conduits and Pipes: Identify hidden electrical wiring or plumbing to prevent accidents.
  • Post-Tension Cables and Voids: Crucial for maintaining structural integrity and safety.
  • Slab Thickness and Deterioration: Essential data for planning and executing construction tasks effectively.
The 2M Difference:

Utilizing GSSI Structure Scanners, our trained professionals can deliver unparalleled accuracy in detecting subsurface anomalies, ensuring that your projects proceed without unforeseen setbacks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Concrete scanning uses ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to safely and non-invasively detect objects and features within concrete structures up to 24 inches deep. This process is crucial for identifying the position of rebar, conduits, post-tension cables, and other hidden elements before drilling, cutting, or coring, to prevent structural damages, job delays, and cost overruns. It ensures the safety of the construction environment by avoiding costly mistakes.

Our concrete scanning services are essential for professionals involved in construction projects that require concrete coring, cutting, drilling, or sawing. This includes project managers, construction workers, engineers, and anyone who needs to ensure the structural integrity and safety of their project before proceeding with work on concrete structures.

Our concrete scanning process involves three steps: First, we assess the workspace to identify any potential scanning issues. Next, we perform the scanning, where results are immediately visible, and objects are marked on-site. Finally, we offer the option to develop a 3-D model of the scan for a detailed review, allowing precise planning for drilling, coring, or cutting into the concrete.

Yes, GPR concrete scanning is versatile and can be used to locate rebar, conduits, and other objects not only in floors but also in vertical surfaces and ceilings. This capability ensures comprehensive safety and planning for projects involving any concrete structure.