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

See the timetable

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.
(@rosjonesenvedu)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Re-purposing pylons to include micro provision and CO2 capture.

The idea is to provide a network of climate action hubs worldwide, that is solar -wind enhanced electricity transmission pylons which also extract ambient CO2. The extracted CO2 is intended to be conveyed to enclosed tree nurseries and greenhouses to increase tree and horticultural growth by about 40%. Excess CO2 will be used for fuel and fertilizer manufactured, and stored in sandstone, abandoned mine shafts or under ...more »

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(@sewer.sleuth)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Geo-Spatial Drainage Asset Management

For the first time in the drainage inspection software market, WinCan have moved the functionality of this type of application from being just a pipe video and defect identification tool, to an integrated suite of packages that now encompasses a GIS platform, a network 3D application, manhole scanning software with point cloud creation, web based report delivery to client and the traditional pipe inspection software.

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(@robertfrancis)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@stevecarroll)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@andrewsage2)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@gather)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@chris.harris)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

Virtual Trial holes

Physical Trial Holes are dug every day to understand buried infrastructure locations and type prior to (capital) works design and commencement of construction activities. By using a digital handheld system to enable all excavation works to be recorded and stored in the Cloud. At the first stage of the excavation exposing the exisitng asset, all necessary information is recorded for creating the VTH – 1. Utility type, ...more »

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(@muresanadrian)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@philip)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@d.campbellbell)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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(@amahon)

Geovation Underground Assets Challenge

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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