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How to Install InfraMarker’s DEEP-1 RFID Tags and Properly Place Tags in Soil Conditions

How to Install InfraMarker’s DEEP-1 RFID Tags and Properly Place Tags in Soil Conditions

The InfraMarker System allows users to choose between five different types of RFID tags in order to mark subsurface assets in variety of placement conditions.

Whether you’re looking for an cost-effective marking solution for asset management in standard soil conditions, or require tags that can withstand the punishing conditions of highway asphalt or concrete, each of our tags have been selected and tested to deliver optimal performance.

Installing the InfraMarker-enabled DEEP-1 RFID Tag

For those in need of a quick-and-easy marking solution, the InfraMarker-enabled DEEP-1 tag is designed for simple installation in easily manageable soil conditions.

Check out the video below to learn how InfraMarker’s DEEP-1 tags are installed on-site and read on for a detailed description of the process and tools required.


Before getting into the installation process, let’s run through a basic list of equipment needed to install the InfraMarker RFID DEEP-1 tags. It’s important to note that since the DEEP-1 tag is designed specifically for quick shallow placement, it requires very little installation equipment.

To install a DEEP-1 RFID tag, you’ll need an implement capable of creating a surface hole wide enough to insert the DEEP-1 tags into. While a shovel works just fine for this, we recommend a 1/2” piece of rebar.

Before installing any tag that requires digging, be sure to contact your local call-before-you-dig hotline to ensure you can proceed safely. Since each state has different rules and regulations over digging, click here to find more information on your state’s digging requirements as well as links to submit online digging requests for those required to do so.

Assuming you’ve already determined the exact position of the buried asset you want to mark with the DEEP-1 tag, the installation process is very simple.

Begin by using the rebar, shovel, or other implement to create a narrow hole approximately four to five inches deep. If you’re using rebar, push the metal bar into the ground and rotate it to create a cone-shaped hole wide enough for the DEEP-1 marker to fit into.

With a hole created, the tag can be inserted by hand into the hole with the black end-cap facing downward towards the bottom of the hole.

Next, push the DEEP-1 tag into the hole until the top of the tag is roughly an inch beneath the surface.

With the tag in the correct position, simply fill in any remaining space inside the hole and push the grass or other material back over to ensure the tag is not visible.

Marking an asset with InfraMarker-enabled tags in soil conditions

Unlike more difficult concrete or asphalt terrain conditions, installing RFID tags to mark buried assets in soil is a relatively easy and straightforward process that can be completed quickly on-site.

Check out the video below to see how it’s done:


Before installing a tag into soil, you’ll need the following:

  • A shovel,
  • a posthole digger, and
  • a ruler for measuring the hole’s depth

Before digging, be sure the area you’re digging in will not be disturbed deeper than 12 inches­­­­––the approximate depth of the tag after installation is complete.

Just as I mentioned before, be sure you’ve located the precise location of the asset and have contacted your local call-before-you-dig hotline to ensure you can dig safely.

Using the posthole digger or shovel, remove a plug of sod in either one or two pieces to create a hole about twelve inches deep. Place the sod off to the side for the time being. It will be used to cover the hole after the tag is in place. The hole should be wide enough to allow the tag to lie flat at the bottom.

Place the tag at the bottom of the hole. Left-to-right orientation makes no difference, but again, the tag should lie as flat as possible inside the hole.

If the soil material around the tag retains water (such as clay), we recommend backfilling the hole with sand to keep the distance between the tag and surface as dry as possible. If the soil drains easily, simply use the material you removed earlier to cover the tag and fill the hole.

If you’re placing multiple tags in the area, we recommend commissioning and installing one tag in order to verify readability after it’s put in place at the desired depth. This ensures other tags will work equally well when installed in the area.

To finish installation, simply press the plug of sod down with your foot to completely cover and hide the tag.

Want to learn about writing and locating RFID tags after installation using the InfraMarker app? Click here for more instructional videos and a step-by-step guide to the rest of the marking and locating process.

Interested in getting started with an InfraMarker system of your own? Click here to talk to us about moving forward with the best InfraMarker product package for you.




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