Services: Utility Layout

picture of crane lowering storage tank into placeDuring the process of developing a site development plan, it is very important to determine the type and location of the utilities available to a site. Since records of existing utilities are often not that reliable due to poor record keeping and the lack of technology at the time of installation, it is always recommended to have a utility location service such as Call Before You Dig mark out any utilities on your property as well as in the road in front of your property.

Once the existing locations of utilities available to your property are known, it is then necessary to determine what types of utilities will be needed and how they will be installed to service the site. Since each utility has setback requirements and design codes which dictate separation distances from other utilities, it is very important to develop a plan which lays out the proposed utilities of a site. While a majority of the utility companies do their own in-house engineering of their utility service lines, it is very important to develop a Utility Layout Plan to minimize utility conflicts during construction as well as give each utility company involved an idea as to the desired utility layout.

Following the installation of each utility, it is also a good idea to have the location of each utility located and mapped by a surveyor. By having a record of any utilities on your property, you are able to plan any future projects, additions, or expansions with a complete knowledge of where all utilities serving your property are. Otherwise, engineers, architects, and contractors are left guessing as to the exact location of utilities which can lead to project delays, cost overruns, and headaches for everyone involved. If you are planning on locating the utilities on your property or site, it is best to have the surveyor locate them prior to being buried so that there is no doubt as to exact utility location.

As part of each and every site development plan, the engineers and designers at Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. make sure that the location of any utilities proposed as part of a project is given consideration and shown on the plans. Our staff will work closely with any utility company involved on a project to make sure your utility needs are met and are consistent with your long range plans for a project. In addition, our knowledgeable staff of surveyors are available to accurately locate and provide mapping of the located utilities on your property. Contact us at (860) 354-9346 to discuss how Arthur H. Howland & Associates, P.C. can be a valuable asset in planning, designing, and locating utilities for your current or upcoming project.

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