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Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure

Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure
Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure
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.
condition assessment, infrastructure
331-344
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Hao, T., Rogers, C.D.F., Metje, N., Chapman, D.N., Muggleton, J.M., Foo, K.Y., Wang, P., Pennock, S.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 F, Lewin, P L, Orlando, G., Redfern, M.A., Royal, A.C.D. and Saul, A.J. (2012) Condition assessment of the buried utility service infrastructure. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 28 (1), 331-344. (doi:10.1016/j.tust.2011.10.011).

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 29 November 2011
Published date: 1 March 2012
Keywords: condition assessment, infrastructure
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, Dynamics Group, EEE

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Local EPrints ID: 273153
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/273153
PURE UUID: 5b8efbb9-c49d-4f7f-88e6-dc3b97ae8a48

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Date deposited: 01 Feb 2012 10:11
Last modified: 20 Apr 2020 16:32

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Author: T. Hao
Author: C.D.F. Rogers
Author: N. Metje
Author: D.N. Chapman
Author: J.M. Muggleton
Author: K.Y. Foo
Author: P. Wang
Author: S.R. Pennock
Author: P.R. Atkins
Author: S.G. Swingler
Author: J. Parker
Author: S.B. Costello
Author: M.P.N. Burrow
Author: J.H. Anspach
Author: R.J. Armitage
Author: A.G. Cohn
Author: K F Goddard
Author: P L Lewin
Author: G. Orlando
Author: M.A. Redfern
Author: A.C.D. Royal
Author: A.J. Saul

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