Standardised procedures for recording buried utility services are to be developed by the National Underground Assets Group (NUAG) and brought into action by the end of 2007.
The group will set up a system which will allow every organisation with an interest in buried services to access and share information easily, reducing the cost and delay caused by the current lack of information available.By the end of 2007 it is hoped that the system will make it possible to easily identify and visualise all underground assets and ensure a more coherent approach to collecting, accessing, sharing and exchanging data on buried services.Currently, there is no national common approach to the way information on underground infrastructure is recorded or stored. There are varying degrees of accuracy and referencing approaches (relative and absolute) between companies. The amount of time it takes to store data, the way it is stored and the codes of practice followed also differ. Even scales of diagrams, the level of detail, and symbolism are not standard across industries.Related links:Today's top stories