Any construction site is likely to be affected by the presence of existing utilities. Having utility asset maps available is crucial. However, 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 and if necessary, we can manage the survey process as well.


Our survey partners will only carry out PAS 128 compliant surveys, using qualified staff to ProQual Level 5 in Utility Mapping and Surveying and are classified as Senior Surveyors by the Construction Skills Training Academy. 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 provided and feedback any anomalies in the data that is being provided.


  • 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 can either provide contacts for the client to procure directly or requests that we procure on the clients behalf
  • Our team provides the quotes for review and acceptance by the client
  • Client instructs the survey company
  • Our team can help manage the works being undertaken
  • Our team can provide feedback on the survey to client / survey company

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 Surveys team can offer Quality Level C, 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 as 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. More can be expected when PAS 256 “Buried assets – Collection, recording and sharing of location information data” is finalised through the 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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