Utility Surveys

Any construction site is likely to be affected by the presence of existing utilities. Having utility asset maps available is crucial. Undertaking a full PAS 128 utility survey before work commences is essential to comply with relevant legislation.


Premier Energy can offer advice on procuring PAS 128 utility surveys. Having previously carried out this service in-house we understand the different types of utility surveys and can help you in specifying the right survey for your needs. We can even manage this procurement on your behalf and obtain quotations from survey companies for you to accept.

In addition to tracing buried assets, our survey partners can also offer other types of surveys such as topographical; measure building; 3D mapping; trial holes and other visualisation options.


As utility consultants, we can interpret information provided by Survey Companies, review the information and feed back any anomalies in the data.

  • Client provides details of area to be surveyed
  • Client provides information on types of survey required e.g. topo, utility, etc.
  • Our team reviews request and agrees with the client the scope of the surveys
  • Our team will provide a quote for the utility search (level D). Our team will request quotes from a selection of survey companies
  • Our team provides the quotes for review and acceptance by the client
  • Client instructs the survey company directly

PAS 128

As part of a suite of services we offer we can cover the requirements of PAS 128. Our Utility Search report provides Quality Level D whilst our Consultancy service can procure Quality Level B and A.


From 1st April 2015, there are new Construction, Design and Management Regulations. These new rules require the Client and Principal Designer to deliver to the Contractor pre-contract information. Buried services, being a major health and safety risk, are no longer just the Contractor’s responsibility to do proper utility discovery.


“Avoiding Danger from Underground Utilities”, updated in 2014, now goes so far as to suggest that clients buy a utility report or use a searching system. This is because of the complexities of who owns which assets since deregulation. It goes on to give guidance on recording where contractors move plant.

The guidance also has recommendations for the use of locating devices in detecting buried services.

In addition, PAS 256 “Buried assets – Collection, recording and sharing of location information data” is also available through the British Standards Institution (BSI).


All three of these regulations are tools that are likely to form key parts of any Health & Safety Executive prosecution in the event of any non-compliance that leads to an accident.


  • Developers, Local Government, Housing Associations
  • Engineers – Highways, Transport, MEP Consultants
  • Individuals looking to carry out works around utilities
  • Anyone involved in the management, planning, design, modifying, construction and safety of projects who requires utility plans in an AutoCAD DWG format
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