The first responsibility of any excavation or horizontal drilling crew is to locate and mark the location of existing buried pipes, wires, etc. Failure to do so can be costly in terms of damage and fines . . . not to mention detrimental to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Failure to accurately locate gas lines and high-voltage power lines can also be harmful or fatal to crewmembers.
That's why the Kansas Institute of Underground Technology has devoted an entire course to the subject of Locator Equipment training. This Level 1 course is designed to provide the participant with useful knowledge and the necessary skill development for operating a Ditch Witch 950R/T receiver and transmitter system according to the standards included in the manufacturer's Operator's Manual and the Best Practices Guide developed by the Common Ground Alliance.
The overall purpose for this course is to provide the participant the skills and knowledge to accurately locate and identify underground utilities and obstructions.
This course is designed to equip participants with knowledge and skill development for basic operation of advanced pipe and cable locating equipment.