Can we Create a Map of the Underworld?
- Room G36 Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (Y9 on the university campus map)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops
An ICE Graduates and Students Committee event
Speakers: Dr Nicole Metje (Co-Investigator at Mapping the Underworld Project) , John Robinson (Managing Director Subscan LTD)
Summary of Talk
Ground works’ nature includes a mystery factor. You can find various types of soil and anything from archaeological remains or WWII unexploded bombs to cables and pipes. This blend of different and seemingly irrelevant objects get combined to form the ground as we know it, some of which can directly affect residents’ well-being if not treated with special care. Engineers need to be aware of the existence of any underground services within their working area, to prevent disruption of public services.
The need to create a digital map of the underworld is paramount. Hence "Mapping the Underworld" initiated in 2005. This talk is an opportunity to find out about the project itself and the applications Subscan applies to survey and map the underworld.
Dr Nicole Metje - Mapping the Underworld Research Project
Nicole is a Co-Investigator of Mapping the Underworld, leading Work Package Eight, Proving Trials and Specification of a National Mapping the Underworld Test Facility. Nicole is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Her interests include the development of instrumentation for the natural and man-made environment with focus on coastal engineering, tunnel monitoring and location of underground infrastructure and archaeology. She is leading the development of a national utility standard for the UK and is an international member of the ASCE utility standards committee as well as the Transportation Research Board utility committee.
John Robinson - Managing Director Subscan LTD
John has led Subscan from its foundation and has more than 33 years’ experience in the utility survey industry. Through John’s leadership Subscan has grown year on year to take on new challenges and markets. Recently John has been one of the industry experts who drafted the British Standards Institution, PAS128, Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location. This important document sets out the procedures’ and specifications for all future robust and verifiable utility detections and mapping surveys.
Food will be served in room G37
Online booking is essential.