More than 35 million miles of underground utilities are known to exist in the United States but many more are not identified. That’s why transportation agencies and contractors need every possible advantage to detect and manage utility conflicts and make wise decisions every time a shovel goes into the ground. Through SHRP2, three tools are available to help transportation professionals manage their utility program and save lives, money, and time. Utility Locating Technologies (R01B), Identifying and Managing Utility Conflicts (R15B), and 3D Utility Location Data Repository (R01A) address the biggest challenges presented by underground utilities:
Click here to view an overview brochure explaining the linkages between these three products.
Utility Conflict Management Standalone Conflict List Template
Utility Conflict Management Data Model and Database
Utility Conflict Management Training
Utility Locating Technologies (R01B) Training and Field Demonstrations
TRB Guidance Documents
Lessons Learned and other Documents
This video shows live-footage from the SHRP2 R01B Utility Locating Technologies program at Oregon DOT’s project site along SR8, Hocken Avenue and Short Street. It presents the field activities, geophysical instrumentation, vehicle requirements, and staff deployed to acquire multi-channel ground penetrating radar (MCGPR) data. Cardno is the ODOT SUE contractor awarded this project, where Senior staff member Jamie Bradburn narrates the field activities showing acquisition of MCGPR data utilizing the state-of-the-art IDS Stream-EM system.
This video shows Time Domain Electromagnetic Induction (TDEMI) instrumentation used during the SHRP2 R01B Utility Locating Technology program for the Montana DOT’s Custer Avenue project. Shown here are night-time operations of the tow-vehicle and towed-array geophysical instrumentation. This towed configuration of Geonics EM61-MK2A single transmitter and receiver coil systems has three slaved independent transmitter-receiver coils to create a lane-width TDEMI utility mapping array. The towed TDEMI array can travel at speeds of 3 to 5 mph and maintain centimeter GPS data positional accuracy. (Video courtesy of P. Sirles).
Video Overview of Kentucky Utility and Rail Tracking (KURT) System
The KURT System walks users through a road project’s utility coordination process including a full utility conflict matrix. This video provides a glimpse into the basic functionality of the Kurt System.