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ICE Evening - Mapping the Underworld

7 June 2013

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol BS8 1TR. Speaker: Dr Alexander Royal

It is estimated that up to four million holes are cut into the UK road network each year in order to install or repair buried service pipes and cables. Mapping the Underworld (MTU) is an ambitious 10-year research programme which seeks to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared multi-sensor platform, the position of all buried utility assets without excavation.

The problems associated with inaccurate location of buried pipes and cables are serious and are rapidly worsening due to increasing traffic congestion in major urban areas.

Mapping the Underworld started in 2005 with four complimentary research projects covering the feasibility of a multi-sensor location tool; mapping and position; data integration to yield a single repository for records; and RFID tags to assist future pipe location. The current project builds on this research by seeking to develop a multi-sensor device using ground penetrating radar (GPR), acoustics and electromagnetic technologies to locate all infrastructure in all ground conditions without the need for probing excavations.

Dr Alexander Royal: Alexander Royal is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham working on the £3.5 million EPSRC-funded ‘Mapping the Underworld’ research project. He also has research interests in the installation of high voltage cables using trenchless technology, the control of HDD down-hole motor assemblies in various geological settings and the rate of propagation of leakage from cast iron water pipes buried in clay soils. Prior to this he studied, for his doctorate, the performance of cement-bentonite barrier walls at preventing contaminant plume migration.

Please note that there is no requirement to book a place for this meeting.  Open to all.



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