Underground Utility Positioning

Underground utility positioning is also an importtant part of intelligent construction technologies (ICT). Accurate identification of subsurface utilities involves a combination of 3D modeling software and underground location technology such as geophysical techniques. More accurate information regarding existing utilities is needed, especially for urban environments, to identify conflicts during design and avoid guess work and digging during construction. In addition, as-built utility plans can be completed for use in future projects and maintenance.



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SHRP 2. (2012) “SHRP 2 Tools for Underground Utility Location, Data Collection, and Analysis.” A Renewal Project Brief, Strategic Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, March.

SHRP 2. (2014) “SHRP 2 R01(C): Innovations in Location of Deep Utilities.” Available at https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=2675. Accessed April 29, 2016.

SHRP 2. (2015) SHRP 2 R01(B): Utility Locating Technology Development Utilizing Multi-Sensor Platforms and Innovation in Location of Deep Utility Pipes and Tunnels (https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=2674). Report available at https://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/171470.aspx. Accessed October 5, 2016.

SHRP2. (2015) “SHRP 2 R01(A): Technologies to Support Storage, Retrieval, and Utilization of 3-D Utility Location Data.” Available at  https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/ TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=2673). Report available at https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/shrp2/SHRP2_S2-R01A-RW-1.pdf. Accessed April 29, 2016.