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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0061
Title SENSIT Acoustic Pipe Locator
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2015
End Date 01 June 2017
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £125,972
Industrial Sectors Information Technologies
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0061
Objectives The main objectives identified for this project are to establish that utilisation of the SENSIT pipe locator will result in;Greater accuracy in locating underground assetsReduced number and size of excavationsReduced reinstatementReduced time spent on siteImproved customer experience The trial will measure;Number of excavationsSize of excavationsNumber of DR4s resolved on first visit and reduced DR4s captured on jobReduction in number of on-site damagesInstances where engineer is able to locate equipment vs Instances where equipment could not be located If the project is successful. Evidence and finding will be shared and roll out potential of the devices will scoped out for all processes. Other considerations;Do the engineers like the device and it find easy to usIs it a product the engineers can see themselves utilising in day to dayWhile also measuring does the product do what we expect/want it to doHow accurate are the findings.
Abstract The British gas industry has, for a very long time, been unable to trace the route of polyethylene pipe (PE) networks operating at low, district, pressures ( greater pressure systems were protected by the use of detectable marker tape laid along their route). There are many reasons for needing to know the location of PE pipe systems, the primary being that it is a requirement that mains are to be recorded accurately and correctly. But put very simply, if you can’t find the PE main or service, how are you going to repair it, extend it, cut it off, work alongside another PE main ( water or gas ) or be able to advise other parties of their location without, what could very easily be, excavating large areas to find the pipe. Excavations, and their subsequent reinstatement, especially in carriageways, can easily account for around 40% of the total job cost The Acoustic Pipe Locator (APL) will reduce the number of excavations and in most cases the apparatus will be located by a lone worker, not a team. If it is necessary to excavate, the APL will reduce the size of those excavations as the current method is to search for the plastic apparatus by increasing the size of the excavations, digging blind until the apparatus are located. The APL will sense through most surfaces: soil, grass, concrete, gravel and asphalt and will also detect drains, fibre optics, ducts etc. so not just gas apparatus but can ensure that other third party apparatus are avoided. As, for instance, more HDD projects are being sanctioned it is imperative that other parties, as well as your own, kit is located.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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