Integrating GPS and laser technology to map underground utilities installed using open trench method

Alpesh Patel, Allan Chasey

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

The U.S. continues to face the challenge of correctly identifying underground utilities before beginning a construction project. Having accurately mapped utilities and knowing their location will increase efficiency in the construction process, reducing accidents and utility interruptions. A methodology to integrate Global Positioning System (GPS) and laser technology will be outlined. This process will assist field technicians in collecting underground utility field location data, accurately and consistently, in a minimal amount of time, with less effort, while maintaining maximum safety. It will also form a framework to develop a permanent data solution in which data collected can be stored in a database and retrieved in a three dimensional geo-referenced map for future use. This research focused on utilities which were installed using an open trench method. The integrated technology was tested under construction field conditions. The results of the research indicate that utility data can be collected quickly and cost effectively through this process. The positional accuracy of underground utilities was mapped in three dimensions (3D) within ± 0.45m accuracy. Copyright ASCE 2010.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2010
Subtitle of host publicationInnovation for Reshaping Construction Practice - Proceedings of the 2010 Construction Research Congress
Pages627-636
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 10 2010
EventConstruction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice - Banff, AB, Canada
Duration: May 8 2010May 10 2010

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice - Proceedings of the 2010 Construction Research Congress

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice
CountryCanada
CityBanff, AB
Period5/8/105/10/10

Keywords

  • Damage prevention
  • Global positioning system
  • Laser
  • Underground utilities
  • Urban system framework
  • Utility locating methods
  • Utility mapping
  • Utility safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction

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    Patel, A., & Chasey, A. (2010). Integrating GPS and laser technology to map underground utilities installed using open trench method. In Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice - Proceedings of the 2010 Construction Research Congress (pp. 627-636). (Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice - Proceedings of the 2010 Construction Research Congress). https://doi.org/10.1061/41109(373)63