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WFTR305 - Buried Facilities Locator Training

The aim of this training is to prevent ground disturbance damage to buried facilities by providing locators working in the geophysical exploration industry with the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately mark and identify buried facilities in a safe and effective manner.


Hours: 22 (Lecture Hours: 10.5; Field Experience Hours: 12)


Total Weeks: 1





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
Topics covered in this course are:
Fundamental Principles and Introduction to Locating
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Operating Frequency (RF and AF)
- Passive method of signal detection
- Active Method of signal detection
Buried Facility Locating Techniques
- Locating Techniques
- Tracing
- Line Identification/Pinpointing
- Problems and Fault Finding
- Depth measurement
- Marking
Locating Safe Work Practices and Regulatory Awareness
- Locating and Marking Best Practices
- Hazard Assessment
- Industry Standards, Regulations
- Municipal Requirements
- Provincial and Territorial Regulations
- Federal Regulations
Operate Locating Equipment
- Theory of Operation
    Reduction of Signal Loss
    Increasing Signal Current
    Increasing Receiver Sensitivity
- Advantages and Disadvantages of
    The Radio Detection 4000
    The Metrotech 810 or 850
    Fuji, PL 801
- Safety During a Locate Project

Locating and Marking Buried Facility for Geophysical Locators


Learning Outcomes:
This training is developed to meet the needs of the geophysical exploration industry and locators working in that industry. The goals of this training are as follows:
- Provide locators with the required knowledge and skills to carry out industry recognized safe work practices and to provide an awareness of the Acts and Regulations governing the locate industry.

- Provide locators with the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately carry out a locate in support of a seismic operation in a safe and competent manner.


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: 75% on written exam and Pass on skills evaluation, which is up to the discretion of the instructor


Percentage of Individual Work:100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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