Technics invest in a new Suction Excavator

We’re pleased to report that Technics has this week taken delivery of a new suction excavator.

Technics has specialised in vacuum excavation (VE) for the last 11 years and we currently run a SerVac system on multiple projects across the country.

Achieving a depth penetration of 1.2 to 1.5m, our original truck is used for spot excavations to fulfil PAS 128 utility verification and detection. It has been part of our work for Wood Plc’s EcoPark project and multiple sites for Lidl, Aldi and McDonald’s, and residential sites for housebuilders including Redrow.

This new second excavator is part of a wider investment for the business in this growing area and choosing the City Dino model this time means we can extend our service further.

It offers greater capacity for materials meaning we can excavate for longer in one stretch and complete projects quicker. It gives us the ability to excavate to greater depths than we could previously achieve (subject to ground conditions). It can also double the volume of material extracted with a larger diameter of hose and greater suction, which helps reduces blockages and the downtime they can cause, increasing productivity and improving environmental impact.

Lee McNichol, Senior Projects & Vacuum Excavation Manager at Technics said: “We are one of only three UK contractors with this smaller City Dino suction unit and it means we can work better in confined and congested environments, including tight narrow streets, housing developments and pavements areas.

“There are also environmental benefits in having a smaller unit. The rear tipping facility provides greater manoeuvrability on-site, allowing us to tip the materials into two one-tonne bags or a skip and for us to be closer to trial areas, tipping back into the excavation(s) if required and reducing waste to landfill.”

Technics offers the full suite of the BSI PAS 128 specification and is the only geospatial consultant that can provide a one-stop solution, mapping above and below ground with verification supported by vacuum excavation.

Our suction excavator teams are also highly skilled utility mapping surveyors, trained in NRSWA and QCF levels 3 & 5, and holding Driver Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC).

Because they are multi-skilled professionals, the team can also update clients’ utility drawing information if further services have been exposed that are not shown of existing utility survey plans by deploying GPR or EML technology.

And while many other suction excavation companies only suck the exposed ground, Technics also offers a wider service in vacuum excavation, managing permit control, traffic management, backfill and reinstatement, and providing detailed drawings of trial holes to OS Datum.

For more details please see our Vacuum Excavation services page. To discuss your project with our team, please contact our Doncaster office on 01302 637 801 or email