Our Experience

As Western Australia’s largest dedicated sub-surface detection company with utility industry experience spanning 30 years, our single focus remains as “Protecting People and Infrastructure”.

Abaxa understands that preventing damages and injuries keeps your projects moving without financial catastrophes. Our background in excavation and installation of utilities allows us to understand the potential for project disasters and is the reason Abaxa began diversifying into a dedicated utility resource company.

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Our History

Ward Holdings, a Western Australian, privately owned family business began in 1980 in the civil industry providing utility installation of High-Pressure Gas and Optic Fibre. WH Location Services was established as the company founder Michael Ward became one of the first Telstra (Communications) Accredited Plant Locators (APL) in Western Australia.

Tobi Lawrence-Ward as General Manager in 2000 established the dedicated focus on this specialist business building the business to ISO9001 Quality, ISO14001 Environment, AS4801 Occupational Health and Safety and in 2020, ISO45001 Occupational Health and Safety. Abaxa’s dedication to subsurface detection was rewarded with consistent and steady growth with an aligned client base that value, safety, damage prevention and the expertise provided in this niche industry. Tobi became the Managing Director in 2012 and has continued to lead the company to success for over 20 years.

The success and growth has continued with a mission to protect people and infrastructure, and a strategic focus to reduce asset risk. We are dedicated today to have a team of accredited, technical experts available when your project needs them, a quality rating of 99.9% on strikeless projects and quality risk based reporting to keep our valued clients projects moving.

Our mission is to be the Australian Leader in Underground Asset Risk Consultancy through Protecting People and Infrastructure and Reducing Asset Risk

Accreditations and Affiliations

Our Accredited Systems

To maintain guaranteed outcomes in our service Abaxa have an Integrated Management system accredited to ISO9001 Quality, ISO45001 Health and Safety including the Australian Standards AS4801 and ISO14001 Environment, giving you the stability of quality people, proven processes and the credibility of working with the market leader. 

Abaxa have developed robust processes and procedures surrounding protecting people and infrastructure, utility locating and survey and apply best practice process on all projects.

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Our Accredited Team

Our technical team at Abaxa are all accredited utility location representatives. Our subsurface detection accreditation and training cover all underground assets including Telstra, Power, Communications, Water, Sewer, Gas, and Rail.

Our team are trained in Certificate 111 in Civil Construction and receive extensive safety training including Risk Assessment, Confined Spaces, and Traffic Management.

Our services can be applied to any project stage from feasibility, early planning, and final design to active construction, continuing right through to High Pressure Gas Pipeline Supervision and Permit Issue for ATCO Gas and the Australian Pipeline Trust.

Abaxa are the proud preferred locators for a number of our vital utility companies including;

  • Vocus Communications Optical Fibre,

  • Telstra Network,

  • OPTUS Network,

  • Nextgen Network

  • ATCO Gas – Accredited HP Locators

  • Australian Pipeline Trust (APA) Permit Issue Officers

  • Western Power Network – Network Access and Sub Station Level 2

  • Water Corporation – Water / Sewer/ Drain

  • Brookfield Rail

  • PTA Rail

3 degrees safety system
3 Degrees of Safety


The Abaxa 3 Degrees Safety System is our patented system, developed for Sub Surface Risk Assessment to ensure your project achieves damage prevention. This unique method has been the go-to Quality Risk Assessment process for the past 16 years, providing evidence that the 3 Degrees Safety System significantly reduces the risk of utility damage and workplace accidents.

Utility Locating and Mapping, Utility Survey, Concrete Structure Scan, Critical Utility Supervision, Pipeline Protection Services, and specialized Ground Penetrating Radar of Voids and Sub Surface Structures. By highly skilled, and accredited technicians trained in the Abaxa 3 Degrees Safety System.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the Australian Leader in Underground Asset Risk Consultancy through Protecting People and Infrastructure and Reducing Asset Risk.


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