Innovation in Location of Deep Utility Pipes and Tunnels

Utilities that exist beyond the zone where surface-based methods can locate them present a particularly difficult problem. Utilities are increasingly placed deeper as the near-surface space becomes crowded, and utility construction techniques become more capable. Existing surface-based methods for utility detection become less effective as depths increase. The European Street Works Research Advisory Council (ESWRAC) identified surface-based and below-ground survey techniques as promising areas of innovation. The Mapping The Underworld (MTU) project in the United Kingdom is also evaluating innovative technologies. Project R01-C investigates innovations for locating utilities not detectable by methods being evaluated in project R01-B. The primary objective of this project is to improve the detection and accurate determination of the positions of buried utilities within an expanded locatable zone up to Quality Level B as defined by CI/ASCE 38-02, the Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, using any appropriate methods without duplicating the scope of project R01-B. This objective may be accomplished by combining existing methods or developing new technologies. This project will also develop guidance that transportation agencies may use to include the developed innovative methods into their "Utility Accommodation Manual" and also can assist utility owners by expanding the locatable zone and improving detectability of future utility installations. The innovations to be examined should include, but not be limited to, alternative or novel surface-based approaches, in-line survey or signal emitters deployed from inside an existing utility, and modifications to existing tools.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $1614316.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R01(C)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Taylor, Chuck

  • Performing Organizations:

    Gas Technology Institute

    1700 South Mount Prospect Road
    Des Plaines, IL  United States  60107
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ziolkowski, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20091001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22166

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  • Accession Number: 01464213
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R01(C)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:38PM