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About Us

Our Experience

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

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.

Trusted Experts of the Underground

We will deliver a systematic risk assessment service providing fast, accurate detection delivered with a detailed service inspection report so you can start and finish your project on time.

Our Commitment to Quality, Safety and the Environment


Abaxa, as company we have  certified management systems to Quality ISO 9001:2015, Occupational Health and Safety AS 4801, and Environmental ISO 14001. We remain active members of industry bodies including, advisory members of Dial Before you Dig, members of NULCA(National Utility Locating Contractors Association), Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Western Australia (CCIWA), Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) and Trenchless Technology.

Our Accredited Team

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

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

Abaxa’s complete sub surface detection services can keep your project on schedule, avoid downtime, delays and help you avoid workplace accidents.

Our Commitment to Damage Prevention

Abaxa is committed to the Damage Prevention Industry translating the value of this service to our clients and their projects. This commitment means Abaxa are dedicated to high standards for quality and safety that support best practises in the utility industry.

We have earned a reputation as leaders in the Australian Industry securing preferred supplier partnerships with Utility Providers. This dedication means we will continually strive to improve the value of our service for our clients and advance the industry in Australia.

We are committed by ensuring that you obtain the results you need to make your project a success on time and on budget.

The Abaxa “3 Degrees Safety System”

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 History

Formally known as WH Location Services that began in 1980, Abaxa’s dedication to subsurface detection began in 1996 when Abaxa’s owner Michael Ward identified the industry need for experienced utility location technicians for a wide-range of services, especially in the excavation stages of construction projects.

Abaxa later became one of Telstra’s first accredited locating companies and today operates as an accredited locating company for most major utility companies in Western Australia.

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