Using our time proven expertise in Ground Penetrating Radar technology (GPR) as a the base technology; our engineers have created a a device that is:-

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  • Weighing less than 17kg
  • Extremely portable
  • Has an easy user interface
  • Requires minimal training
  • Requires no prior knowledge of GPR

We are confident that this device will live up to its name and quickly become seen as an essential pre-excavation safety tool.

electronic Service avoidance for everyone.


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Standard Cable Avoidance Tools; as the name suggests, are designed to provide advance warning of the likely presence of live cables (and other services of conductive material) immediately prior to excavation. Since the mid 1970's however; thousands of metres of Utility Pipe made from non-conductive materials such as Asbestos, PVC, HDPE  etc. have been installed below ground. On top of this (often literally) the recent exponential growth in telecommunications and the internet has introduced many thousands of miles of fibre optic cable services. These are all completely undetectable with a standard cable avoidance tool as are; under certain commonly found conditions, many electric cables.  At PipeHawk we believed our engineering skills and flair for innovativation could help overcome this glaring void in current best practice and we are proud to say that our latest innovation has proved that belief to be correct.

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 e-Safe is not just another Cable Avoidance Tool

it's an All Service avoidance tool


By utilising Ground Probing Radar/Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) as its underlying technology e-Safe is capable of detecting the likely presence of utility services and other below ground anomalies made from a wide range of materials including those that are non-conductive and/or non-metallic. In addition: Services are not required to be carrying “Live” power, an AC current or, emanating a discernible electromagnetic field, in order to be detectable.

Due to its unique design and easy user interface e-Safe does not require an operator to have extensive knowledge of or, prior training in GPR techniques, in order for it to be used effectively as a pre-excavation safety tool, for the purpose of service avoidance. In order to maintain safety standards and ensure maximum benefit is achieved however; we strongly recommend all operators seek training appropriate to their use and in some countries for particular trades or professions; training is often a mandatory requirement prior to first use.

e-Safe should in most ground conditions; where utility services are found in number, achieve an approximate depth penetration of up to 1.5 metres however; as with all GPR systems, the depth actually achieved will constantly vary according to the subsurface conditions prevailing at the time of use. 

In a typical street environment: Pipes, cables or other linear features are often found to run in line with, or directly across the line of the street. Detection success may therefore often be improved by ensuring e-Safe is deployed at right angles to the perceived path within that environment. Where the path of a service is completely unknown: It is strongly recommended e-Safe is deployed in a variety of orientations in order to maximise the likelihood of detection. 

Please Note

e-Safe has been designed as a service avoidance tool for use prior to manual excavation works. It has not been designed for the large area mapping of utilities. For this type of use we recommend our e-Spade lite system.


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