Geovation Underground Assets Challenge


How can we better manage underground assets, in Britain?

The challenge is now closed to ideas submission but you can comment and rate the ideas already entered

The challenge ran from 19 October to 30 November 2016 (12noon).

Successful finalists (teams) will be invited to Geovation Camp at Ordnance Survey, Southampton 1-3 February 2017

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Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified below and register or log in to the Challenge. You can also comment on or rate ideas

Theme 1: Asset Location
Theme 2: Asset Management and Maintenance
Theme 3: Stakeholder Impact
Theme 4: Predicting Asset Future

Find out more about how these problems affect various industries

The best ideas will be invited into funded 6 month Geovation Programme starting Spring 2017, which will include financial, developer and business support and expertise. Its the perfect funded start-up accelerator to get your GeoTech business off the ground .

The Challenge is open to UK based organisations or residents, aged 18 or over.

TIP: You may find it easier to create your submission in a text document and copy and paste into the sections. Click on 'Submit New Idea' to see the questions you will be asked.

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@gather)

Gather: Getting our sh*t together!

Gather’s mission is to become the world’s largest sanitation provider without building any toilets. We want to bring sanitation to the most marginalised communities in cities around the world. We want to disrupt the urban sanitation sector with a unique platform that fosters openness, collaboration and accountability, and enables sanitation providers to utilise new and existing sewer lines effectively, bringing sanitation ...more »

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Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@d.campbellbell)

Mapping Historic Utilities

As archaeologists we have considerable experience in the problems posed by poor utility mapping available for commercial users such as ourselves, and of the financial and Health & Safety implications of unexpectedly finding utilities while excavating a site. Our proposal is to provide a service which digitises historic utility maps and makes available the resulting data. With digital records not in use by utility companies ...more »

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1 vote

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@philip)

Tumblewheel

Surveying underground tunnels is time consuming and expensive. Automating this process using drones faces similar problems because of personnel requirements to both operate the drone and retrieve it if it becomes stuck in a confined space. Tumblewheel is a stabilised survey platform within a wheel (of varying width - it may even be a sphere) which can increase of decrease in size and free itself if stuck. It's design ...more »

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1 vote

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@andrewsage)

Routes to the Roots System

A system for modelling existing and future tree root structure and growth within a specific location. The tree modelling data will be combined with existing GIS data to visualise how the roots interact with underground assets. This will aid in the prevention of damage to underground assets. It will also aid in the selection of appropriate trees for planting sites in urban and peri-urban environments. Appropriate tree ...more »

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Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@philip)

Holo

Field operatives need a simple tool to interpret complex and inter-related datasets when locating assets, and in particular when trying to avoid strikes. Using Microsoft's 'Hololens' as a basis, this device would allow those in the field, irrespective of their IT skill level, to see through the ground as the Hololens overlays CGI with the real world in real time. This would enable them to assess the best course of ...more »

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2 votes

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@stevecarroll)

Online mart providing maps showing utility underground assets.

There is currently no online national mapping system available that can instantly show all underground utility assets to any interested party. The need for such an online mapping system is well known within the utility and construction industry and has been endorsed within the forthcoming BSI PAS256 standard which at its core has the principle of getting utility companies to publish and share data for the benefit of ...more »

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Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@jc0000)

Prioritisation of Asset Management

The consequences of burst water mains are exacerbated in areas where there is an identified high risk of surface water flooding and where the areas is a vital transportation node / route. A review of historical information on burst water pipes provide numerous examples of significant consequences to the local environment, due to the high level of surface water risk and intense transportation disruptions. By understanding ...more »

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2 votes

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@robertfrancis)

Predicting and Mapping Ground Movement Around Utilities

To provide a mobile application for use on smart phones and tablets that will help to manage underground assets by identifying areas most at risk from incremental environmental changes caused by temperature, soil moisture and human activity. The tool will assist in the prevention of failures to underground services and the prioritisation of upgrades to the systems, thus reducing the need for unplanned costly emergency ...more »

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Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@muresanadrian)

Digital_UK_County_World

I would like to use the counties digital maps to develop maps for historical ,public,utilities(power,water,environment,transport),public and private companies.For each one a separate digital map.I intend to built a website where we can have a digital map of UK.,also maps of England,Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland.The most important are the counties maps.

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1 vote

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Submitted by (@amahon)

Securing Utility Assets

One of the biggest causes of failure is due to theft and vandalism. In 2009 an estimated 90,000 people were left without electricity in North Kent due to vandalism . A lot of the UK assets are in remote and vulnerable locations that attract anti-social behaviour. Thames Water estimate that they spend 1.2M on replacing stolen fittings . This proposal intends to create a geographic information application capable of ...more »

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2 votes