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The world beneath our feet is increasingly occupied by gas, water, telecomms, sewers and services that we rely upon. Recording the accurate geospatial position of these services and sharing this information amongst service providers, is a major challenge. Inaccurate and unreliable information means danger to life and loss of supply when new services are excavated. This session looks at how we can change this.

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Session Programme: 14:40 - 16:00

14:40 - 15:00 Tue 22   Theatre 1

PAS 128 – the good, the bad & the ugly

Ian Bush, Director, BIM, Black & Veatch

PAS 128:2014 (Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location) is now due for review and part of the core stakeholder group have agreed that there are sufficient changes required for a full revision.


This presentation talks about the original concepts behind the PAS, why it was needed and what it has tried to do. It then describes what is involved in the revision, how stakeholders can get involved and what elements are likely to attract the main attention for revision.

Ian is responsible for BIM strategy and implementation at Black & Veatch (B&V). Setting their Digital Engineering road map, Ian is transforming B&V into a leading data and information driven organisation, putting knowledge creation and collaboration at the heart of asset delivery and management.

Ian is a past President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, is past Chair of the joint ICE/ICES Geospatial Engineering Panel and Survey4BIM and is also a steering committee member of BIM4Water. He was the technical lead and main author for the British Standards Institute PAS 128 (Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location).

15:00 - 15:20 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Utility Survey Exchange

Dr Neil Brammall, CEO, Utility Survey Exchange

Accidental damage to buried utilities poses danger to life and limb, interrupting critical services and costs time and money. The societal cost of a utility strike is estimated to be around 30 times the cost of repair. More importantly, people die each year and many more receive life-changing injuries. Inaccurate and incomplete recording of buried assets has been identified as a major contributory factor to accidental utility strikes. Utility plans, like the infrastructure they represent, are often old and captured before technology allowed accurate positioning. Buried assets are routinely recorded relative to above-ground features which have moved or been removed.

Wouldn’t it be great if accurate and constantly refreshed data was made available to utilities? Utility Survey Exchange is a platform which seeks to close that circle.

Dr Brammall has worked in the Utilities sector for 17 years, creating, defining and delivering innovative safety, efficiency and customer improvements to many clients, particularly in the areas of spatial systems and smart damage prevention, where ‘right first time’ is the only option. The winner of the 2016 ‘Underground Assets’ Geovation Challenge, Dr Brammall is heavily involved in the world of innovation, and Utility Survey Exchange comes at a critical time for the industry with a view to improving fundamental data quality to support ground-breaking initiatives in data sharing and smart data analytics.

15:20 - 15:40 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Smartphone surveying within Costain

Richard Bath, Surveyor, Costain

The Smartphone Surveying project highlighted a significant application of photogrammetry to imagery captured by a smartphone. This presentation will show how this project was an inexpensive solution for capturing detailed accurate geospatial data of work in progress.

Richard Studied surveying and mapping science at Newcastle University and started working with Costain after graduating 4 years ago. He started utilising 3D survey data with onsite laser scans at the London Bridge Redevelopment Project.


Richard has expanded on his experience of laser scanning and developed photogrammetry as a reliable data capture technique.  Photogrammetry has been a useful tool at London Bridge and Richard is now developing the survey method on the HS2  Enabling works South site at Euston.

15:40 - 16:00 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Augmented reality – a panacea for utility strikes?

Nathan Ward, Head of Business Development, Select Surveys

The construction, engineering and utility industries still rely heavily on paper-based maps and the ability of field operatives to interpret them to assess locations of services. Even though data is increasingly available in a digital format, its inaccuracy and complexity increases the frequency of utility strikes. This presentation offers a solution that uses Augmented Reality to better inform operatives of the location of underground utilities. AR is a term that describes a set of technologies used to combine digital information with the user’s natural senses. Augview is an application combining data from single or multiple asset databases, overlaying onto a real-time camera view of a GPS-enabled device for 3D viewing.

Nathan Ward has over 20 years experience in the Geomatics industry, helping clients with innovative technology to improve productivity and efficiency with their location based activities.

Now working at Select Surveys, a leading UK specialist surveying service and geospatial consultancy to the infrastructure, building and construction industry, Nathan is focusing on developing the business in the supply of Augmented Reality solutions to their clients.

Select Surveys are the UK partners for Augview, a GIS Asset Management Augmented Reality application for on-site mobile GIS and visualisation using smartphones and tablets. This is an exciting area of innovation that is leading the way in using Augmented Reality to improve productivity, efficiency and safety in the construction and utility sectors.

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