Using Augmented Reality in Horizontal Directional Drilling to Reduce the Risk of Utility Damages

Amr Fenais, Nikolas Smilovsky, Samuel Ariaratnam

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Abstract

Utility strikes are a major risk when performing underground excavation activities. According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), utility hits have resulted in over $1.7 billion in property damage, close to 2,000 injuries, and over 400 deaths over the past 20 years. Even with the diligent efforts of the State One Call systems, the reality is that many undocumented underground utilities are present throughout the nation. As we continue to adopt trenchless construction methods such as horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in urban environments, there needs to be technological advancements to reduce the risk of utility strikes. One of the major trending technologies in the 21st century, augmented reality (AR), integrates 3D models and the real world, intersecting virtual reality with reality. In the vertical construction industry, AR has already proven its value. During an HDD operation, there is a risk of striking an existing underground utility. However, by integrating AR during an HDD project, the operator's awareness of underground utilities is significantly increased. Greater awareness of existing utilities can significantly reduce potential damage and costly litigation. This paper demonstrates the innovation of augmented reality for trenchless technology projects. A pilot project was conducted in Phoenix, Arizona, to demonstrate the application of AR with HDD and show the inherent risk reduction benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPipelines 2018
Subtitle of host publicationUtility Engineering, Surveying, and Multidisciplinary Topics - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2018 Conference
EditorsJason S. Lueke, Christopher C. Macey
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages290-298
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481660
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventPipelines 2018 Conference: Utility Engineering, Surveying, and Multidisciplinary Topics - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 18 2018

Other

OtherPipelines 2018 Conference: Utility Engineering, Surveying, and Multidisciplinary Topics
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/15/187/18/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Fenais, A., Smilovsky, N., & Ariaratnam, S. (2018). Using Augmented Reality in Horizontal Directional Drilling to Reduce the Risk of Utility Damages. In J. S. Lueke, & C. C. Macey (Eds.), Pipelines 2018: Utility Engineering, Surveying, and Multidisciplinary Topics - Proceedings of Sessions of the Pipelines 2018 Conference (pp. 290-298). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481660.032