There is often a disconnect between owners of buried assets and other parties with a stake or an interest in the land which those assets traverse: land owners, governmental agencies, developers, contractors and the public.
The land, including its ownership, its uses, its development potential, its relation to the environment and its geophysical properties is, literally and figuratively, the common ground linking these disparate parties and their interests.
Communication between these parties is hampered by a lack of visibility as to who the stakeholders are for a given area, insufficient or disjointed data about ownership and responsibilities, and an absence of clear and standardised lines of communication between those stakeholders.
The Lie of the Land project aims to remove this disconnect and make identification and communication easier for all interested parties.
An open, web-based, location-driven portal leveraging and synthesising open datasets where available, and commercial datasets where appropriate, will provide simple access to vital information about the land at a given location. Disparate datasets will be brought together in one place to provide details of land topology, ownership and use, environmental properties and the presence of buried and above-ground assets.
Integration of disparate datasets, with simple search and visualisation and powerful analytical tools will provide a vital resource for asset owners, landowners, local government and governmental agencies, developers, contractors and the public, promoting improved communication between stakeholders and improved decision-making.
The design of the portal will allow “private” areas to be established by asset owners that will allow one-to-one confidential communication to be initiated with external stakeholders after initial contact, and enhanced analytics and risk assessments to be carried out in conjunction with internal datasets and systems, which are often currently “siloed” and diffuse.
Overall, improved communication between asset owners and other stakeholders, easy access to disparate datasets and powerful multi-factor analytics will reduce the likelihood of third party damage to hazardous buried apparatus with all the associated safety, environmental and financial consequences of such damage.