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A common web-based platform that utility companies and consumers use to communicate planned works and problems.
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 »
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 »
A small, connected translucent cube that warns households of impending heavy rain and flooding.
40% of UK household have a water meter, and although meters aren't compulsory in most areas they are standard on new-builds, and may be fitted compulsorily in some circumstances (such as areas of water stress or when you move home - OFWAT). Reading the water meter is often difficult - mine is under water for 1/3 of the year but I useually manage to take a picture of it every week and now have 3 years of data. Similarly ...more »
Maybe you could screen eels using the same principal that Dyson vacuum cleaners use to separate fine dust, namely a low pressure region in a vortex?
A low-cost way to determine channel characteristics of watercourses, even if subterranean (urban or natural)
NB The name. The Last Starfighter (1984).
Many of the issues relating to poor quality water need more data - both in quantity, quality and spatial distribution. Mass-produced sensors will be deployed in drains and sewers, on groynes and sea-walls, in lakes and ponds, and in rivers where they will sit on the river bed (float/move up/down as required). They will sense water quality, turbidity, acidity et al. and transmit data continuously/periodically. Data ...more »
The media has encouraged a public perception that flood defences need to involve dredging, large-scale engineering and hard-defences. Adopting a catchment-based approach, identifying potential areas wherein soft defences could be effective, and valuing the flood mitigation benefits of engineered landscapes (in addition to their amenity value) would change public perception and encourage landowner participation. Greenshield ...more »
Gaining up-to-date, accurate and complete information *during* a flood is difficult as communications break down. Using off the shelf drones and sensors, create an autonomous system that can be deployed to survey, explore and/or monitor an area.
A web-based solution that combines spatial data relating to geology, soil, topography, wind, rain and insolation to suggest appropriate planting for your garden to any household in the UK.