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Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_UKPN0058
Title Line Search
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 20%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 20%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2020
End Date 01 July 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £209,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0058
Objectives Line search before you dig (LSBUD) is a free to use online search service that any individual can use to check their works against over 75 asset owners utility assets. Every day LSBUD receive over 3,000 enquires from Users requesting UK Power Networks network maps. The data generated by this activity will tell us Where, Who, When, and What has been done near our network. Gathering feedback from the Users could be utilised to improve the quality of asset data.The Line Search project provides an avenue for improvement through two main methods:1) Capture users feedback which will be visualised (on a GIS platform) and utilise the existing data captured by LSBUD in order to correlate to third party faults.2) Maximise the opportunity to get feedback on data quality through crowdsourced data return.The Line Search project will allow utilities to:1) Undertake protection activities based on the knowledge of third party working.2) Relate to damages to understand what third parties have done before a utility strike leading to quicker fault location determination.3) Escalate certain works based on work type or proximity to more sensitive assets.4) Prioritise areas of the network with poor data quality and plan for corrective actions. Data from third party users of UK Power Networks maps will be embedded into UK Power Networks GIS tool, the Geospatial Analytics Web Application (GSA). Additional feedback from the users will be captured and added to GSA.The project will be delivered by the following phases:1) Discovery, including a workshop to stablish User personas, user stories, and prioritised features.2) Develop an API to make LSBUD data available to UK Power Networks.3) Development including GSA integration and a customer survey feedback gathering platform.4) End to end trial of the Line Search process on a selected part of the network.5) Assessment of feasibility of BaU integration including complete roll-out across UK Power Networks.The project involves a project partner LSBUD which will provide location data of the Users on the network maps. The objectives are: To make third party User data available to UK Power Networks and visualise it in GSA. To assess the feasibility of using this data to improve safety, improve data quality, fault location, third party damage prevention and cost recovery for a trial area which has vectorised data. To determine the scale of User feedback and feasibility of roll-out across UK Power Networks. To understand the impact on User relations.
Abstract Inaccurate underground infrastructure data are being sent out to thousands of users on a daily basis with no recommended avenue for improvement through the existing systems. Line Search Before You Dig (LSBUD) was the first step trying to utilise survey feedback data to improve the data accuracy and much more.
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Added to Database 02/11/22