CAT & Genny – What are they used for?

Take a look at how the CAT & Genny are used to help avoid underground services. Underground services can be a major hazard for construction workers.

What is a CAT, and why do we use it?

CAT & GennyThe cable avoidance tool or CAT is used to locate cables on groundwork, excavation and construction sites so that they can be avoided. The CAT can detect the signals that radiate naturally from metallic services; it works in combination with a Genny that utilises a unique signal that the CAT can detect.

If you damage a pipe, cable or any other buried service during excavation, you are increasing the chance of an accident. The damage you cause may also result in injury, delays in work and repair costs. This highlights the importance of using the Cable Avoidance Tool.

How does the CAT & Genny work?

The CAT is powered by the Genny or Signal Generator to detect signals from metal services that naturally radiate from them. The CAT has three modes to help it detect underground services:

Power (P)

In this mode, the CAT cannot detect signals from loaded cables otherwise known as “power” signals”. You would use the power mode to avoid, detect and locate underground electricity cables.

Radio (R)

The Radio allows the CAT to detect VLF radio signals that are re-radiated by metal cables and pipes. In this mode, you will be able to avoid, locate and detect metal pipes and cables used for telephone lines, gas and water.

Genny (Signal Generator) (G)

The Genny is for working the Genny to detect radiated tone from the Genny to a buried conductor. You would use this mode to avoid, locate and detect water valves or plug sockets that would have a direct connection to its source.

Would you like to learn more about CAT & Genny and how to use them? 3B Training delivers the CAT & Genny course as an open course in our venues nationwide. We can also deliver the course on an in-house basis for up to 4 delegates or more.

To view our upcoming open course dates, click here or contact us here to arrange an in-house course at one of our centres or a location of your choice.

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