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Mapping the Underworld: A Step-Change in the Approach to Utility Location and Designation

Mapping the Underworld: A Step-Change in the Approach to Utility Location and Designation
Mapping the Underworld: A Step-Change in the Approach to Utility Location and Designation
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.
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Royal, A C D, Rogers, C D F, Atkins, P R, Chapman, D N, Chen, H, Cohn, A G, Foo, K Y, Goddard, K F, Hayes, R, Hao, T, Lewin, P L, Metje, N, Muggleton, J M, Naji, A, Orlando, G, Pennock, S R, Redfern, M A, Saul, A J, Swingler, S G and Wang, Ping (2011) Mapping the Underworld: A Step-Change in the Approach to Utility Location and Designation. ICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011, China. 26 - 29 Oct 2011. pp. 1589-1597 .

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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.

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Published date: 1 November 2011
Additional Information: Event Dates: 26–29 October 2011
Venue - Dates: ICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011, China, 2011-10-26 - 2011-10-29
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, EEE

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Local EPrints ID: 272989
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272989
ISBN: 978?0?7844?1202?2
PURE UUID: cf838134-d354-468c-958e-9d6cab91b0a7

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Date deposited: 09 Nov 2011 18:12
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 22:07

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

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