MAPPING THE UNDERWORLD: MULTI-SENSOR DEVICE CREATION, ASSESSMENT, PROTOCOLS

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Civil Engineering

Abstract

The project aims to create a prototype multi-sensor device, and undertake fundamental enabling research, for the location of underground utilities by combining novel ground penetrating radar, acoustics and low frequency active and passive electromagnetic field (termed quasi-static field) approaches. The multi-sensor device is to employ simultaneously surface-down and in-pipe capabilities in an attempt to achieve the heretofore impossible aim of detecting every utility without local proving excavations. For example, in the case of ground penetrating radar (GPR), which has a severely limited penetration depth in saturated clay soils when deployed traditionally from the surface, locating the GPR transmitter within a deeply-buried pipe (e.g. a sewer) while the receiver is deployed on the surface has the advantage that the signal only needs to travel through the soil one way, thereby overcoming the severe signal attenuation and depth estimation problems of the traditional surface-down technique (which relies on two-way travel through complex surface structures as well as the soil). The quasi-static field solutions employ both the 50Hz leakage current from high voltage cables as well as the earth's electromagnetic field to illuminate the underground infrastructure. The MTU feasibility study showed that these technologies have considerable potential, especially in detecting difficult-to-find pot-ended cables, optical fibre cables, service connections and other shallow, small diameter services. The third essential technology in the multi-sensor device is acoustics, which works best in saturated clays where GPR is traditionally problematic. Acoustic technology can be deployed to locate services that have traditionally been difficult to discern (such as plastic pipes) by feeding a weak acoustic signal into the pipe wall or its contents from a remote location. The combination of these technologies, together with intelligent data fusion that optimises the combined output, in a multi-sensor device is entirely novel and aims to achieve a 100% location success rate without disturbing the ground (heretofore an impossible task and the 'holy grail' internationally).The above technologies are augmented by detailed research into models of signal transmission and attenuation in soils to enable the technologies to be intelligently attuned to different ground conditions, thereby producing a step-change improvement in the results. These findings will be combined with existing shallow surface soil and made ground 3D maps via collaboration with the British Geological Society (BGS) to prove the concept of creating UK-wide geophysical property maps for the different technologies. This would allow the users of the device to make educated choices of the most suitable operating parameters for the specific ground conditions in any location, as well as providing essential parameters for interpretation of the resulting data and removing uncertainties inherent in the locating accuracy of such technologies. Finally, we will also explore knowledge-guided interpretation, using information obtained from integrated utility databases being generated in the DTI(BERR)-funded project VISTA.

Organisations

 
Description This project has now been successfully completed. A final report - the MTU Brochure - is available at http://mappingtheunderworld.ac.uk/

However, an opportunity has arisen to test the sensor technologies, and associated data fusion and mapping work, alongside new technologies being developed in the Assessing the Underworld programme. The final report on this is being compiled.
Exploitation Route Academic journal papers, conference papers, professional journal articles, reports to meetings, bespoke pathways-to-impact events
Sectors Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Transport,Other
URL http://www.mappingtheunderworld.ac.uk/
 
Description The findings have underpinned much activity in terms of codes and standards for the surveying industry.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport
 
Description .Professor Chris Rogers chaired a session entitled "Delivering Integrated, Resilient Green and Grey Infrastructure - Strategies for Success" as part of the Future Cities Seminar Programme, Ecobuild 2014, ExCel, London, 5th March 2014. 
Organisation Ecobuild
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution .Sharing of Knowledge
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of Knowledge
Impact .
Start Year 2014
 
Description .Professor Chris Rogers was invited to be a member of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability Editorial Advisory Panel from November 2005 to November 2011, and became Honorary Editor from November 2007 to March 20 
Organisation University of Iceland
Country Iceland, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution .Professor Chris Rogers was invited to be a member of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability Editorial Advisory Panel from November 2005 to November 2011, and became Honorary Editor from November 2007 to March 2011. This position, particularly as Editor, enabled him to help to shape the publication and research agenda in the disciplinary areas covered by the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme. As Honorary Editor, he also became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Publications Advisory Board, which further helped him raise the profile of the research conducted under the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact This position, particularly as Editor, enabled him to help to shape the publication and research agenda in the disciplinary areas covered by the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme. As Honorary Editor, he also became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Publications Advisory Board, which further helped him raise the profile of the research conducted under the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme
 
Description 2012 NJUG Awards in the "Avoiding Damage" 
Organisation NJUG National Joint Utilities Group
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The VAULT system won the Built Environment category of the IET Innovation Awards 2012 and was "Highly Commended" in the Information Technology category. VAULT also came joint first in the 2012 NJUG Awards in the "Avoiding Damage" category
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description A joint MTU / SHRP2 workshop was held on Sunday 23rd January 2011 
Organisation Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2)
Country United States of America 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution , Washington DC as part of the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and Conference. ?Emerging Sensor Technology for Utility Construction: Status of the ?, at which Chris Rogers delivered one of five presentations to sit alongside the overview, by Jim Anspach, and presentations on the three additional projects currently funded by SHRP2.
Start Year 2011
 
Description ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) utilities standard committee 
Organisation American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Country United States of America 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) utilities standard committee: this deals with developing standards for utility mapping in the US and is the committee which developed ASCE 38/02. A draft of this standard is to be reviewed.
Collaborator Contribution ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) utilities standard committee: this deals with developing standards for utility mapping in the US and is the committee which developed ASCE 38/02. A draft of this standard is to be reviewed.
Impact ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) utilities standard committee: this deals with developing standards for utility mapping in the US and is the committee which developed ASCE 38/02. A draft of this standard is to be reviewed.
Start Year 2013
 
Description BSI PAS 128 development 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department UMARI Aerospace Research Institute
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Metje is on the steering committee of this PAS, which is currently been developed with publication in the autumn of 2013. She is the only academic representative
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions 
Organisation Balfour Beatty
Department Balfour Beatty Services
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Metje is working with BBUS and others to ensure that there is a good information exchange between industry and academia with regard to utility streetworks. It also ensures that everyone in the group is aware of all the developments as it is difficult to ensure you follow all the developments in the industry.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Metje is working with BBUS and others to ensure that there is a good information exchange between industry and academia with regard to utility streetworks. It also ensures that everyone in the group is aware of all the developments as it is difficult to ensure you follow all the developments in the industry.
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Board of Land Surveyors, Malaysia 
Organisation Land Surveyors Board Malaysia
Country Malaysia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chris Rogers hosted a Malaysian delegation (the Board of Land Surveyors in Malaysia) visit to the University of Birmingham on 5-6 July 2011 for a two-day technical visit focussing upon MTU
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2011
 
Description Buried Asset Centre of Knowledge, 
Organisation National Underground Assets Group (NUAG)
Department Buried Assets Centre of Knowledge (BACK)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Buried Asset Centre of Knowledge, BACK: Dr Metje is a committee member. BACK's vision is that "Any works in the vicinity of the underground asset infrastructure do not result in injury, damage or unnecessary disruption" and BACK's aim is to provide an authoritative source of information to achieve the vision. The objective is to stimulate thoughts on how works can be planned better by obtaining and sharing asset information before works begin, by good practice techniques whilst works are in progress, by better records after works are completed to make identification easier in the future, and of course an understanding of associated regulations, guidelines and Codes of Practice.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact Production of associated regulations, guidelines and Codes of Practice.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Commercialisation of hardware (pipe tags and detection equipment) 
Organisation OXEMS
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Commercialisation of hardware (pipe tags and detection equipment)
Collaborator Contribution Commercialisation of hardware (pipe tags and detection equipment)
Impact Commercialisation of hardware (pipe tags and detection equipment)
Start Year 2010
 
Description Creation of a multi-sensor device to detect and map buried utilities 
Organisation Ordnance Survey
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A one-day seminar and exhibition was hosted by the Mapping the Underworld (MTU) Team at the Ordnance Survey Centre, Southampton, on 12th December 2012 to showcase its research into the creation of a multi-sensor device to detect and map buried utilities. The project's findings were presented alongside national and international developments in the area. The day presented an opportunity to explore several initiatives that seek to make streetworks safer, more effective and more sustainable
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Data Integration and Display - Mapping the Underworld Seminar 
Organisation UKWIR
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/22
Collaborator Contribution Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/22
Impact Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/22
Start Year 2008
 
Description Delegation from Malaysia 
Organisation Land Surveyors Board Malaysia
Country Malaysia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Alexander Royal and Nicole Metje hosted a Delegation from Malaysia on the 28th of September 2010. An article was then produced for the University of Birmingham EPS newsletter (December 2012)
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact Further visits and collaborations .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Department for Transports public consultation on its proposed strategy for 'Lane Rental Schemes in England 
Organisation Government of the UK
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responded to its proposed strategy for 'Lane Rental Schemes
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact Responded to its proposed strategy for 'Lane Rental Schemes
Start Year 2011
 
Description Detection and Resolution Enhancement of Closely Spaced Targets in Ground Penetrating Radar. Proc. of 11th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2006), Columbus, Ohio, USA, 19th-22nd June. 
Organisation Ohio University
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution .The sharing of knowledge and information
Collaborator Contribution The sharing of knowledge and information
Impact .
Start Year 2006
 
Description Developments in Pavement Assessment 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Metje N. (2009). Invited presentation at the annual one-day conference on the Developments in Pavement Assessment 2009, Birmingham organised by Fugro Aperio; attendance primarily local government highways engineers, consultants, contractors and specialist service providers, attendance between 100 and 140.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Engineering Sustainability Editorial Advisory Panel 
Organisation Institution of Civil Engineers
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Professor Chris Rogers was invited to be a member of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability Editorial Advisory Panel from November 2005 to November 2011, and became Honorary Editor from November 2007 to March 2011. This position, particularly as Editor, enabled him to help to shape the publication and research agenda in the disciplinary areas covered by the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme. As Honorary Editor, he also became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Publications Advisory Board, which further helped him raise the profile of the research conducted under the EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments programme.
Start Year 2005
 
Description Grand Challenges 
Organisation Birmingham City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chris Rogers presented at the University of Birmingham Grand Challenges event on Friday, 5 August 2011. He described his own research grand challenge, in terms of putting together a network of researchers in order to achieve a long-term strategy. The aim was to demonstrate to the students attending that grand challenges and open-ended issues come up all the time, and that they must be prepared for such things throughout their careers. This included the Urban Futures and Mapping the Underworld projects. The audience was 30 3rd and 4th year undergraduates who had completed 4 weeks of teamworking on projects to propose solutions for either making Birmingham a smarter city (e.g. integrating services, communications etc to improve response, quality of life, safety) or for Birmingham City Council's response to a European environmental award. These are both high-level challenges which the teams had to consider and then suggest ways in which they could be resolved, justifying their choices and persuading the organisers that theirs were the best ideas.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2011
 
Description ICE Municipal Panel 
Organisation ISO
Country Switzerland, Swiss Confederation 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ICE Municipal Panel: Dr Metje has been a committee member since 2012.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description IEEE SMC Workshop , 
Organisation University of Ulster
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited speaker. Artificial Intelligence and Applications University of Ulster, 18 June 2010.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Infrastructure Research Funding 
Organisation Government of the UK
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Professor Chris Rogers attended a dinner organised jointly by EPSRC and The New Statesman to present a case for Infrastructure Research Funding to David Willets MP, at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster, on the 30th January 2013
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Infrastructure Review 
Organisation KPMG International Cooperative
Country Netherlands, Kingdom of the 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Chris Rogers led at team drawn from Urban Futures, Liveable Cities, Mapping the Underworld and Assessing the Underworld to respond to the call for evidence for the Independent Infrastructure Review led by Sir John Armitt. He was subsequently invited to attend the Armitt Review Roundtable Discussion on 7th May 2013 at the Offices of KPMG, London, the only academic attending
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact Provided evidence for the Independent Infrastructure Review led by Sir John Armitt
Start Year 2013
 
Description Locating Underground Plant and Equipment 
Organisation UKWIR
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Locating Underground Plant and Equipment - Overview of Proposals for a Research Programme, UKWIR Report 03/WM/12/3, UKWIR, London, UK.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact UKWIR Report 03/WM/12/3, UKWIR, London, UK.
 
Description MTU Training Site 
Organisation J K Guest Group
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Mapping the Underworld Team (2012). As part of its development with JK Guest of the Mapping the Underworld Centre of Excellence have produced a video, showing the the development of the Centre from the moment the ground was broken right up to completion of the site, and the attendance of a group of Malaysian land surveyors They completed workshope and used surveying equipment on site. The video can be seen on YouTube.
Collaborator Contribution JK Guest has provided substantial funding for this site
Impact Production of a test/training site
Start Year 2013
 
Description MTU animation video 
Organisation Ark media
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Mapping the Underworld Team (2012). The team have also produced an animation video, which highlights what really goes on in the murky subsurface world. The Video looks at the damage, inconvenience and environmental cost, caused by irresponsible excavations. It provides solutions through the promised final outcomes of the Mapping the Underworld Project. The video can be seen on YouTube.
Collaborator Contribution ..
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description Mapping the Underworld Seminar 
Organisation UKWIR
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UK Water Industry Research Limited, London,Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/20
Collaborator Contribution UK Water Industry Research Limited, London,Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/20
Impact UK Water Industry Research Limited, London,Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/20
Start Year 2008
 
Description Minimising Street Works Disruption 
Organisation UK Water Industry Research Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Minimising Street Works Disruption: Review and Progress Report. UK Water Industry Research Limited, London, Report Ref. No. 08/WM/12/21.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2008
 
Description Outcome of the ORFEUS Questionnaire 
Organisation Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (ORFEUS)
Country Netherlands, Kingdom of the 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UK Water Industry Research Limited, London, Report Ref. No. 07/WM/12/18,
Collaborator Contribution UK Water Industry Research Limited, London, Report Ref. No. 07/WM/12/18,
Impact UK Water Industry Research Limited, London, Report Ref. No. 07/WM/12/18,
Start Year 2007
 
Description Radio 4 Programme 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Mapping the Underworld was featured on Radio 4 in July 2012 'to an audience of 800,000
Collaborator Contribution Mapping the Underworld was featured on Radio 4 in July 2012 'to an audience of 800,000
Impact Mapping the Underworld was featured on Radio 4 in July 2012 'to an audience of 800,000
Start Year 2012
 
Description Shaping the Future of GPR Soils Research: 
Organisation US Army
Country United States of America 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Report on the first US Army workshop on soil spectroscopy research
Collaborator Contribution Report on the first US Army workshop on soil spectroscopy research
Impact Report on the first US Army workshop on soil spectroscopy research
Start Year 2008
 
Description Steering group of the UMA 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department UMARI Aerospace Research Institute
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Metje is on the steering group of the UMA. The UMA seeks to: "Work with all stakeholders to inform and assist in the establishment of a set of standards that reflect good practice in utility detection and mapping to help promote clear measurable accredited competence levels.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact .
Start Year 2013
 
Description The Urban Futures Team (Chris Rogers, Joanne Leach, Rob MacKenzie, Jon Sadler, James Hale, Silvio Caputo, Chris Boyko and Mark Gaterell) presented the Urban Futures methodology to Institution of Civil Engineers staff the ICE Expert panel drafting the ICE 
Organisation ISO
Country Switzerland, Swiss Confederation 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The ICE State of the Nation Transport Report 2013
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact The drafting of the ICE State of the Nation Transport Report 2013
Start Year 2013
 
Description The Use of Acoustic Methods to Detect and Locate Underground Piping Systems. Proc. of the IX International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics, Southampton, UK, 17th-19th July. 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sharing of knowledge and information
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of knowledge and information
Impact Sharing of knowledge and information
Start Year 2006
 
Description Tomorrow's World exhibition 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project had a stand at the BEST Show 2010 (18-20 October) as part of the Tomorrow's World exhibition area. Chris Rogers presented an overview of MTU in the Cities Hub. .
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact The project had a stand at the BEST Show 2010 (18-20 October) as part of the Tomorrow's World exhibition area. Chris Rogers presented an overview of MTU in the Cities Hub. .
Start Year 2010
 
Description University of Edinburgh 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description University of Verona, USA 
Organisation University of Verona
Country Italy, Italian Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2006
 
Description You Tube Video 
Organisation Government of the UK
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As part of its Pathways to Impact initiative, Mapping the Underworld has produced a video of a workshop held with government representatives and councillors that highlights the challenges faced by streetworks. The video can be seen on YouTube.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact You Tube Video
Start Year 2012
 
Description IET London Regional Lecture. Looking to where no man has been. Audience ~80. . Atkins PA (2016). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact IET London Regional Lecture. Looking to where no man has been. Audience ~80. This talk sparked a number of questions and request for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description "Causes, Impacts and Costs of Utility Strikes" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Metje N and Ahmad B (2014) Delivered a presentation entitled "Causes, Impacts and Costs of Utility Strikes" to the GLA, TFL and London Boroughs Joint Construction H&S Forum, London UK. They summarised the findings from Mapping the Underworld and described the future methodology deriving from Assessing the Underworld, 19th February.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description "Mapping the Underworld -Assessing the Underworld" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Metje N and Zembillas N (2014) Delivered a presentation entitled "Mapping the Underworld -Assessing the Underworld" to the TRB Utilities Committee, In Washington DC North America. They summarised the findings from Mapping the Underworld and described the future methodology deriving from Assessing the Underworld, 15th January
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description "Resilient Infrastructure - Designing the Underworld" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Rogers CDF, (2014) Delivered a presentation entitled "Resilient Infrastructure - Designing the Underworld" to Ecobuild 2014, ExCel, London, 5th March 2014.

It sparked further discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Briefing note on progress of MTU 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Briefing note on progress update to be submitted via Geospatial Engineering Board to the journal 'Civil Engineering', emphasising applications to wide range of civil engineering disciplines.
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It sparked further discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Exploring the Underworld - A Hidden World of Opportunity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers delivered a presentation entitled Exploring the Underworld - A Hidden World of Opportunity to the Midland Geotechnical Society, at the University of Birmingham on 4th February 2013. He summarised the findings from Mapping the Underworld, presented the findings on underground space usage deriving from Urban Futures and on local infrastructure resilience from the C.D.F.A Critical Local Infrastructures project, presented the initial findings from Liveable Cities, and presented the case for a new research programme entitled Assessing the Underworld. Presentation to the Midlands Geotechnical Society, Birmingham on 4th February 2013, attended by 60 professional geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Future Infrastructure Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers became a core member of the Future Infrastructure Forum, thus representing all of the relevant EPSRC-funded projects with which he is involved (Mapping the Underworld, Urban Futures, Critical Local Transport and Utility Infrastructures, Liveable Cities, and Assessing the Underworld). He attended all five fora on 26th and 27th September 2011, 17th and 18th January 2012, 17th and 18th April 2012, 5th and 6th September 2012, and 27th and 28th March 2013. He is a member of a small team organising a meeting of the core members to advance the research agenda. . Awarding Body - Future Infrastructure Forum, Name of Scheme - Future Infrastructure Forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description IET Regional Lecture presented at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. A Geophysics Approach' January Audience 50- Atkins PA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IET Regional Lecture presented at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. A Geophysics Approach' this presentation sparked a number of questions and requests for further information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute of Physics Regional Lecture Series. University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. Audience ~200. Atkins PA (2016). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Institute of Physics Regional Lecture Series. University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. Audience ~200. this presentation sparked a number of questions and request for further information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote Paper to Re-Engineering Our Cities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers presented the Keynote Paper to the Re-Engineering Our Cities Conference, Coventry University, 14th September 2016, entitled "Re-Engineering Future Sustainable, Resilient and Liveable Cities". It described the outcomes of the Urban Futures and Liveable Cities ESPRC funded programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/re-engineering-our-cities-coventry
 
Description Lane Rental Schemes in England - New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991' (2011). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact The Mapping the Underworld team responded to the Department for Transports public consultation on its proposed strategy for 'Lane Rental Schemes in England - New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991' (2011).
.

It sparked further discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Linking up Infrastructure and Smart Transport Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Linking up Infrastructure and Smart Transport Systems"Speciality Session on Future Cities at Utility Week Live 2015, NEC, Birmingham on 23rd April 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Arup 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers attended a meeting with two partners of Arup on 10th February 2016 to disseminate work on LC, iBUILD, ATU and MTU. This led to closer collaboration and attendance at Bi-Annual events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nicole Metje was interviewed for a podcast about Mapping the Underworld. This can be found at: http://www.ideaslab.bham.ac.uk/ideaslab_podcast.htm
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It sparked further discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.ideaslab.bham.ac.uk/ideaslab_podcast.htm
 
Description Presentation to Untangling the Infrastructure Web 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers presented a talk entitled "Infrastructure Research: From Future Liveable Cities via Foresight to Assessing the Underworld" to a CIRIA Conference and Workshop entitled Untangling the Infrastrcuture Web
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Professor Chris Rogers attended EPSRC Balancing Capability workshops on Water, as a representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers at the Professional Institutions Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers attended EPSRC Balancing Capability workshops on Water (17th February - around 50 academics), as a representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers at the Professional Institutions Consultation (22nd February - around 20 practitioners and academics) and on 14th and 15th March. He represented MTU, ATU, UF, LC and iBUILD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Professor Chris Rogers attended a series of UKCRIC workshops to create a research strategy for UKCRIC, in relation to buried infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers attended a series of UKCRIC workshops to create a research strategy for UKCRIC, on 30th November 2015 (Buried Infrastructure - 30 practitioners and academics), He represented MTU, ATU, UF, LC and iBUILD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Professor Chris Rogers hosted Jeya Rajalingham (Principal Engineer, Water & Recycled Assets, Sydney Water) on 29th April 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers hosted Jeya Rajalingham (Principal Engineer, Water & Recycled Assets, Sydney Water) on 29th April 2014, as part of a study tour of the UK organised by UKWIR. He described, and sought to develop links with Sydney water and Australian research more generally for, the following research projects and programmes: Liveable Cities, iBUILD, Mapping the Underworld, Assessing the Underworld, GG-TOP, and Urban Futures.

Established links with utilities sector in Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Radio 4 Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mapping the Underworld is to be featured on Radio 4 between April and July 2012 in a 'to be disclosed' slot with an audience of 800,000. More information will follow as it becomes available
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Radio 4 programme featuring the MTU project with a lenthy interview by Prof Rogers on the long term benefits and cost savings of the project.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Rogers CDF, (2013) Presentation to the Land of the MUSCOS Expert Workshop entitled Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure at the Royal Society,. Representing the Liveable Cities programme grant, Mapping the Underworld and Assessing the Underworld, in the open discussion session he referred to the findings from Urban Futures, the initial findings from Liveable Cities and the thinking behind Assessing the Underworld when exploring collaboration and directions. London on 9th May 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description University of Birmingham Brussels office 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mapping the Underworld and Urban Futures were promoted as part of the University of Birmingham's launch of its permanent office in Brussels on the 1 December 2010, becoming the first UK University to have a dedicated presence in the political centre of the European Union. The office was officially launched by HMA Jonathan Brenton the British Ambassador to Belgium at a special event on Wednesday 1st December 2010. Other speakers at the event included Malcolm Harbour MEP and Dr Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of DG Research for the European Commission. The office has been established to help inform European policy debates and the development of programmes, support alumni in the Benelux region and consolidate European research collaborations. The office will also provide local services to the staff and students of the University when working and studying in Brussels.
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Workshops to create a research strategy for UKCRIC (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Chris Rogers attended a series of UKCRIC workshops to create a research strategy for UKCRIC, on 30th November 2015 (Buried Infrastructure - 30 practitioners and academics), 20th January 2016 (Sensors), 2nd and 3rd February 2016 (Data, Simulation and Modelling - 50 academics and practitioners), 11th February (Linear Infrastructure - 40 academics and practitioners)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016