Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure

T Hao, C D F Rogers, N Metje, D N Chapman, J M Muggleton, K Y Foo, P Wang, Stephen R Pennock, P R Atkins, S G Swingler, J Parker, S B Costello, M P N Burrow, J H Anspach, R J Armitage, A G Cohn, K Goddard, P L Lewin, Giovanni Orlando, Miles A Redfern & 2 others A C D Royal, A J Saul

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An extensive array of utility networks are buried underneath the ground surface and provide essential services for society's daily life in terms of water, natural gas, electricity, telecommunications, sewerage, etc. All utilities have a limited service life and it is crucial to assess their condition throughout their life cycles to avoid potential catastrophic failure due to their deterioration. This paper reviews current state-of-the-art technologies for condition assessment of underground utilities (especially water and sewage pipelines) and their advantages and technical challenges for different application areas. Recommendations on how to address these challenges are made and it is highlighted that the system of combined sensor technologies being developed by the Mapping the Underworld (MTU) project may provide a valuable addition to the street works engineer's armoury in determining the condition of the buried infrastructure. Moreover the ground in which the utility services infrastructure is buried supports the pipes and cables and prevents their permanent or transient displacement under static and dynamic loads, or lateral stress relief associated with adjacent trenching. The ability of the MTU sensing technologies to determine also the condition of the ground is thus equally relevant and is discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages331-344
Number of pages14
JournalTunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Volume28
Early online date29 Nov 2011
DOIs
StatusPublished - Mar 2012

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Trenching
Stress relief
Sewage
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telecommunication
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Service life
Telecommunication
Deterioration
Water
Life cycle
natural gas
Natural gas
electricity
Cables
relief
sewage
life cycle
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Hao, T., Rogers, C. D. F., Metje, N., Chapman, D. N., Muggleton, J. M., Foo, K. Y., ... Saul, A. J. (2012). Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure. DOI: 10.1016/j.tust.2011.10.011

Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure. / Hao, T; Rogers, C D F; Metje, N; Chapman, D N; Muggleton, J M; Foo, K Y; Wang, P; Pennock, Stephen R; Atkins, P R; Swingler, S G; Parker, J; Costello, S B; Burrow, M P N; Anspach, J H; Armitage, R J; Cohn, A G; Goddard, K; Lewin, P L; Orlando, Giovanni; Redfern, Miles A; Royal, A C D; Saul, A J.

In: Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 28, 03.2012, p. 331-344.

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Hao, T, Rogers, CDF, Metje, N, Chapman, DN, Muggleton, JM, Foo, KY, Wang, P, Pennock, SR, Atkins, PR, Swingler, SG, Parker, J, Costello, SB, Burrow, MPN, Anspach, JH, Armitage, RJ, Cohn, AG, Goddard, K, Lewin, PL, Orlando, G, Redfern, MA, Royal, ACD & Saul, AJ 2012, 'Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure' Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, vol. 28, pp. 331-344. DOI: 10.1016/j.tust.2011.10.011
Hao T, Rogers CDF, Metje N, Chapman DN, Muggleton JM, Foo KY et al. Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2012 Mar;28:331-344. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.tust.2011.10.011
Hao, T ; Rogers, C D F ; Metje, N ; Chapman, D N ; Muggleton, J M ; Foo, K Y ; Wang, P ; Pennock, Stephen R ; Atkins, P R ; Swingler, S G ; Parker, J ; Costello, S B ; Burrow, M P N ; Anspach, J H ; Armitage, R J ; Cohn, A G ; Goddard, K ; Lewin, P L ; Orlando, Giovanni ; Redfern, Miles A ; Royal, A C D ; Saul, A J. / Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure. In: Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2012 ; Vol. 28. pp. 331-344
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