A workshop to discuss current research into new pipeline detection sensors and methods will be held at the University of Birmingham on 26 April 2006 as part of the ‘Mapping the Underworld’ project.

The project was launched to develop technologies that can be used to locate and map buried cables and pipes. This information can then be shared by utility companies in order to streamline street works to lessen disruption caused when digging up roads and pavements.

The workshop is for stakeholders associated with buried utility management and mapping and will also be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about applying cutting edge technology to locate underground objects.

Representatives of organisations involved in buried asset location will present their views on the future of sensors in detecting buried infrastructure. The workshop will also include time to discuss issues such as illumination and how electromagnetic waves can find buried objects as well as how to locate plastic pipes and whether acoustic waves can be used in conjunction with other sensors.

Professor Chris Rogers, lead investigator of the project at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Civil Engineering, says, ‘At the workshop, it is hoped that the wide range of expertise brought by delegates will promote useful and stimulating discussion that will go way beyond the current research projects and explore new applications for the technologies. The variety of interests shown by those registering so far will facilitate a comprehensive debate.’

All those booking a place before 1 March 06 will receive the reduced rate of £95 plus VAT. Those needing information can contact Dr Nicole Metje at n.metje@bham.ac.uk or to reserve a place you should email hqsec@pipeguild.co.uk


For further information

Kate Chapple, Press Office, University of Birmingham, tel 0121 414 2772 or 07789 921164.