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Precision Utility Locator

Version 3.1
A Typical Locator Consists of ……

Connection Leads

Ground Stake


Signal Clamp
vLocPro2 Receiver
Batteries/AA battery

GPS Holder

& charging Carbon fiber
Sockets Reinforced

vLocPro2 Receiver Display
Location Mode Digital Display of
(Peak, Null, Sonde, Broad, Peak Arrows) Signal Response Loudspeaker Status

Continuous Depth
Battery Status

Analogue display of Peak Signal

Signal Response Indication
dB Gain Setting
Left vs Right
Indication Frequency

Compass Line
Direction Indicator

Frequency Select

vLocPro2 Screen Display
Main Display

Setup Menu - frequencies

Depth & Frequencies selected

Current here are the only ones
Measurement displayed in the
Display frequency box on
the Main Display

Note: Bluetooth function is available in vLocPro with Bluetooth module only. 5

vLocPro2 Display

Main Menu
Note: Bluetooth function is available in vLocPro 2with Bluetooth module only. 6
vLocPro2 Receiver
 High impact ABS top housing with carbon fiber reinforced antenna tube
 Two horizontal & two vertical antennas
 “Peak” , “Null”, “Sonde”, “Broad” and “Peak Arrows” - modes
 Color backlit TFT dot matrix display for high visibility - night & day
 New “dual core” processor
 Peak response indication
 Depth & current measurement
 Rechargeable and replaceable battery packs
 Any frequency between 50Hz and 200 kHz - free of charge
 Simple configuration menu to customize your settings
 USB interface for accessories
 USB/PC based software upgrade facility
vLocPro2 Transmitter




Loc-10Tx Transmitter

vLocPro2 Transmitter Display

vLocPro2 Transmitter Display

Output Output
decrease increase Output Battery charging
On / off control Socket socket

Information Frequency Fuse Loud Speaker

(mAmps, volts, select

vLocPro2 Transmitter
 Plastic injection molded ABS housing
 10 watt power output – high efficiency
 Optional (sealed) rechargeable Ni-MH battery tray
 Up to 25 transmitting frequencies between 100Hz and 200 kHz
 3 induction frequencies
 Automatic mode selection (“Induction”, “Connection” & “Clamp”)
 Line current, voltage, and resistance measurement
 Connection quality indication
 High line voltage warning (protected to 240 volts)

vLocPro2 Standard Accessories
 Transmitter clamp
 Direct connection leads
 Additional “independent” ground lead
 Ground stake
 Battery charger (100-240V AC input, 7.2V DC output) for receiver
 Battery charger (100-240V AC input, 12V DC output) for transmitter (if
rechargeable battery tray is specified)
 Roll around carry case (single case for receiver & transmitter)
 Instruction manual
 User handbook
 USB cable

vLocPro2 Receiver

 Construction - high impact ABS and carbon fiber construction together

with molded rubber protection zones provides the cornerstone of a good
locator – however well it performs it must survive the journey to the site
and continual use in the harsh worksite environment.
 Antenna – antenna technology and digital signal processing technology
continually improve. The receiver antennas are much stronger and
lighter than previous generations of antennas, they provide a superior
sensitivity range. Two horizontal, and two vertical antennas enable
sharper, clearer location in both “Peak” and “Null” modes.
 Electronic design - this new design uses the latest “dual core”
processor – a new technology, which is blindingly fast. This combined
with a new generation of TFT dot matrix displays give the unit a rapid
response and a clear precise view of the information displayed.

vLocPro2 Receiver cont……

• Low power consumption

• this receiver design used less power up to 40 hour backup with li-on
rechargeable battery
• it runs on 6 x AA batteries and gives 12 hour backup
 Dual battery systems
 the receiver uses 6 x AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. If at any time there
is insufficient charge in the batteries to operate the locator

 Software upgrade utility - enables the user to upgrade software, or install new
frequencies from their PC. include uploading and downloading of data from
the locator.

vLocPro2 Transmitter

Three ways to apply the signal:

• Direct connection – one cable to
the target line, the other to ground

• Clamp – induces a signal into a

cable, without making a direct

• Induction – induces a signal into a

cable or pipe, by placing the
transmitter on the surface over
the target line
vLocPro2 Transmitter

• Line current, voltage and resistance can be displayed when required –

during normal operation output current (numeric) and return current (bar
graph) are continually displayed. An additional vertical bar graph shows
the setting of the power output (steps) - all the information you need
easily available.
• Transmitter is protect against up to 240V of incoming voltage – high
voltage indication appears on the display if the unit is connect to a line
with greater than 50V, then transmitter is shut down – protecting your
• Software upgrade utility - enables the user to upgrade software, or
install new frequencies from their PC.
• A full suit of standard accessories are provided to make signal
application, charging and updating of the transmitters software easy.
• Brings the latest technology to Pipe and Cable location
• Faster processing, a clear color display, makes locating quicker and
simpler for even the most inexperienced of technicians
• Multiple frequencies and locating modes provides the experienced
technician the tools needed to locate in the most difficult of areas
• Compatibility with other manufacturers location equipment, some plant
protection systems, and passive signals from pipes and cables gives the
Supervisor the maximum of flexibility from one set of equipment
• Rugged construction and battery conservation systems provide
management with a better return on investment, and a lower long term
ownership cost.
• Provides a platform for new features – A frame fault finding (available end
Nov 2007) External GPS, data logger interface, internal GPS, Blue- tooth,
pipeline corrosion detection.

vLocPro2 Receiver
The receiver is compatible with many of the transmitters
manufactured by the following companies ………

• Dynatel (3M)
• Fuji Telecom • Radiodetection
• Fischer • Rigid
• Goldak • Rycom
• Heath • Takachiho
• Metrotech • Schonstedt
• Pipehorn • SubSite (DItchwitch)

Information obtained from public domain sources – such as sales Literature & the

(It is possible that some models within the Competitors range are not compatible, it
is equally possible that not all frequencies in each transmitter are available in the

The Locating Signal……

• Signals are created by the current flowing from the

transmitter which travel along the conductor
(line/cable/pipe) and back to the transmitter.

• The current typically uses the ground to complete the

current. The ground stake is used to complete the
circuit through the ground.
Signal Direction Identification

• Connect the transmitter to the target line using a direct connection only.
• If several lines are commonly bonded the Signal Direction will carry
through to the other lines. This is useful for locating multiple line
• When performing a reset, take care to ensure that you have not
strayed from the target line.
• There will be a point at which it is not possible to reset and continue.
• However beware that if a non target line is commonly bonded to the
target line that line will also appear as being “in Sync” with the target

Signal Direction Identification
• To synchronize the receiver to the transmitter at the beginning of a
survey, pinpoint the line very close to the transmitter.
• Stand facing away from where the transmitter is attached and press “i”
• Press the return pushbutton will synchronize the system, then return the
unit to the locate screen.
• The top portion of the bezel surrounding the compass will light and not
be flashing indicating the receiver is locked onto the signal.

Signal Direction Identification

• Proceed to locate, trace, pinpoint as required ensuring at all times the

top portion of the compass bezel remains illuminated.
• If at any time top portion of the bezel ceases to be illuminated and the
bottom portion of the compass bezel lights up – you are locating the
wrong line which is carrying the return signal.

Bluetooth GPS
• vLocPro2 Receivers
• Optional Bluetooth Connectivity
• Connects to most GPS receivers
• ESRI SHP files (SHP, DBF, SHX)
• CSV generic text file format (CSV)
• Google Earth KML file format (KML)
• Excel file

Signals used for locating can originate from a
transmitter (active locating), or a variety of other
sources (passive locating)
Active Signals……

Direct connection – one cable

to the target line, the other to

Clamp – induces a signal into a

cable, without making a direct

Induction – induces a signal

into a cable or pipe, by placing
the transmitter on the surface
over the target line.
Active Signal Frequency……
• Low frequency (100Hz – 1 kHz)
• Cables
• Direct connection
• Long distance
• Low distortion

• Medium frequency (8 kHz – 33 kHz)

• Cables & pipes
• Direct connection, clamp & induction
• Reasonable distance

• High frequency (65 kHz – 200 kHz)

• Induction
• Short distance
• High distortion
Measuring Depth……

• Depth & signal current can also

be measured using a locator

• Depth is measured to the center

of the signal – in the case of a
large pipe this is considerably
different to the top of the pipe

• Locator provides “continuous”

depth – this is only accurate when
directly over the line
Using the Receiver……

Move the receiver forwards and Rotate the receiver to establish

backwards across the line in a the direction of the line
smooth action
• There are several antennas in a locator, these
can be used in different combinations.
• Each combinations (known as modes)
provides a different types of response.
• The three main types of response for general
locating are “Peak”, “Null” and “Peak Arrow”
• Two additional modes are often used for
specific applications
• “Broad Peak” (useful when locating very deep lines-
operates like peak mode)
• “Sonde” Mode (for locating Sondes or CCTV
inspection cameras – see Sonde section)
Measuring Depth & Current.

To take a depth & current Momentarily press & release the “i”
measurement, first pinpoint button and depth & current will be
the line displayed
Data downloading…

• vlocPro2 can save 1000 records

• Data download on your pc through data cable
• This data can be saved as various file
• KML file show the data on Google earth as GIS mapping
• Excel file show the data in excel sheet where we can
draw the graph with various co-ordinate
Bluetooth GPS