Mapping the underworld: A step-change in the approach to utility location and designation

A C D Royal, C D F Rogers, P R Atkins, D N Chapman, H Chen, A G Cohn, K Y Foo, K Goddard, R Hayes, T Hao, P L Lewin, N Metje, J M Muggleton, A Naji, Giovanni Orlando, Stephen R Pennock, Miles A Redfern, A J Saul, S G Swingler, P Wang

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Abstract

Trenchless technologies (TT), unlike open cut trenching, offer the potential to install, maintain and refurbish buried utilities without the need to close long stretches of carriageway. Recent studies indicate that carbon emissions associated with trenchless installations are far smaller, and trenchless installations are more sustainable, than trenching. Yet utility companies, and their contractors, routinely shun trenchless technologies due to the perceived risk of damaging previously undetected third party assets. Mapping the Underworld (MTU) seeks to create a multi-sensor tool, and a new philosophical approach to underground mapping, to mitigate such risks and facilitate the routine adoption of TT. The novel approach is now being developed through the proof of concept stage towards field trials and the results of these proving trials form the basis of this paper. Moreover such street works, like all construction, repair, renewal and maintenance projects, must be reviewed in terms of a sustainability assessment framework to explore their real costs and benefits to the society on behalf of which, as ultimate 'users' of the facilities, the works are being carried out. This paper seeks to integrate the findings of a highly multi-disciplinary technology-based project with a wider research programme on the context of effective and efficient working in the streets. The lessons drawn from this programme of research extend to all aspects of pipeline engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011
Place of PublicationReston, VA.
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1589-1597
Number of pages9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines, ICPTT 2011, October 26, 2011 - October 29, 2011 - Beijing, China
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Publication series

NameICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines, ICPTT 2011, October 26, 2011 - October 29, 2011
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period1/01/11 → …

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