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Line Locating and Sweeping Crews

3-D has extensive experience providing pipeline and buried utility locating services to the Pipeline, Oil & Gas, and Industrial Construction industries. Our Sweeping Crews use proven procedures along with the latest technology to locate pipelines, power lines, telecommunication, sewer & water lines, as well as cable and fiber optic utilities on major construction and maintenance/integrity projects.

Thanks to our abundance of experience and our meticulous attention to detail we have a comprehensive understanding of everything that the client needs to safely perform sweeps to locate, stake, and map underground assets during excavations.

Our line locating services include; preliminary locates for route planning, depth of cover surveys for possible crossings, 4,7 and 10-way sweeps of proposed rights-of-way and all related access roads, laydown areas, and workspaces, sweeps for brush clearing or logging activities and pre-construction staking/flagging and sweeps for early works as well. With our extensive oilfield experience, congested crossings or busy tie in sites are handled accurately, confidently, and efficiently.


Locate Tech using the locating equipment, which emits an electromagnetic frequency.

Q.  How is 3–D Line Locating able to locate underground facilities?

A.  We use a combination of specialized equipment combined with certified and competent technicians working in teams of 2. The equipment we use applies an electromagnetic frequency, or “signal” by induction, or by direct connect method to an insulated conductor (pipe or cable) with the transmitter, and detects the frequency radiating from the conductor with the receiver.

Our workers will then mark out the facilities using stakes or spray-paint.  The different colours of paint or flagging will inform the people digging of what is buried below.  Read our post on What Do All The Marker Colours Mean? to learn more.


Two Locate Technicians walking in sync in order to locate a buried utility


3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating and Ground Disturbance Management company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.
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National Dig Safe Month

With the warmer weather comes the start of many construction projects, and that means being aware of what is buried under your feet!

This is why Canadians have made April National Dig Safe Month.

Every day millions of people walk, bike, jog or drive over thousands of kilometers of buried utilities without giving it a second thought. It’s not until a tragic environmental accident occurs, or a power-line is hit and an entire neighborhood loses power, that people think about these underground facilities.

Whether the projects are large scale, or simply putting up a fence, everyone is required to Click Before You Dig when doing any type of ground disturbance.

What constitutes as “ground disturbance”?

-any work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth requires that you contact a One-Call center in order to learn what utilities are buried in your dig site. Common utilities are pipelines, power-lines, natural gas lines, sewage and water lines, internet and TV lines.


Once your facilities have been located, make sure that you understand what the colours mean – check out our handy graphic below.


If you project is of a larger scale 3-D’s experienced Line Locators and Ground Disturbance Managers will help ensure that the project is completed safely and efficiently.

Want to learn more? Give us a call -> 1-888-748-2224


3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating, Hydrovac Services and Ground Disturbance Management company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn  and Instagram and stay up to date with what we are working on and all the latest news in our industry.

Dig Safe, Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands

It’s Spring! We think. Here in Alberta it seems like Winter is clinging on with its icy fingers, but with every small sliver of sunshine, people are heading outdoors to do projects. Which is why April is National Dig Safe Month!

Whether the projects are large scale, or simply digging out a new garden or putting up a fence, everyone is required to Click Before You Dig.

Ground Disturbance –any work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth–  requires that you contact a One-Call center in order to learn what utilities are buried in your dig site. Common utilities are pipelines, power-lines, natural gas lines, sewage and water lines, internet and TV lines.

Some utilities are buried less than 60cm deep. Disturbance protocol states that when digging to a depth of more than 30cm an AB One Call Ticket should be placed and the utilities should be located prior to excavating.

You can find a plethora of data at your fingers by checking out Click Before You Dig, and choosing your province.

3-D can do this service for you, with our One Call Ticket Management and Locate Response or Ground Disturbance Management.


3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating Ground Disturbance Management company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn  and Instagram and stay up to date with what we are working on and all the latest news in our industry.

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