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Can you find utilities with just a wand? Passive Locating Scans

Geoscope Utility locator using passive locating scan to locate underground utilities.

Passive locating scans are a non-destructive method of detecting and identifying underground utilities by measuring their electromagnetic fields. This article explores how passive locating works, its advantages and limitations, including how it complements other locating methods, is safe and time-efficient, and can be used to locate various metallic utilities. However, passive locating scans have some limitations, including being affected by soil type, the depth of utilities, and the proximity of other utilities, and they cannot detect non-metallic utilities like plastic pipes.