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  • Date: 13th June 2022
  • Location: Online – Microsoft Teams invite to follow
  • Time: 11am - 12pm BST

Can we invent a hybrid / modular approach to mapping Transferred Drains and Sewers (TDS) that is accurate and yet cost effective and viable to produce?

We are inviting data suppliers to join us for an informative online briefing to discover our plans for the sprint and to see how you and your organisations data can get involved.

Between 12-14 July 1Spatial, in collaboration with Northumbrian Water, Southern Water and Yorkshire Water, will be hosting a three day sprint at the Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival, taking place at the Newcastle Race Course.

What to expect at the festival:

  • 12th July: Explore the problem with the delegates
  • 13th July: Dragons Den - selection of suppliers to come and showcase what data they can bring the solution
  • 14th July: Build the business case and present the solution.

The Challenge

Water and sewerage companies (WASCs) must maintain what are known as Transferred Drains and Sewers (TDS). Prior to 2011 these were private but under a government act were transferred to the ownership and responsibility of water companies. This has in some cases doubled the length of sewers to be maintained but most companies have very poor records of the length, location, condition and serviceability of these pipes which typically connect properties to main sewers.

They are often the site of blockages and these can result in property sewer flooding which is devastating for our customers. Over the last 10 years attempts have been made to map or infer the position of these sewers to provide planners and operational staff with better information for replacement and servicing. A new, innovative approach is needed to map these sewers in an economically viable way in a reasonable timescale.

WASCs have used various modelling approaches. We intend to look at the pros and cons of these and identify the common weaknesses, the data gaps that need to be filled and we’ll consider and even look at various innovations, technologies and datasets that could be used to create a new hybrid mapping solution. How can we combine these to come up with a set of tools that can be combined in different ways to map any region, geography, regardless of age of network, rural/urban and current state of mapping.

What to expect at the supplier briefing and the roadmap after 13th June:

  • We will provide an overview of the sprint we are hosting, which will be followed by a Q&A session
  • After the briefing, we will send out a supplier questionnaire which is your chance to be selected to pitch during the sprint – we request that this is completed and sent back by 15th June
  • We will notify you on 17th June if you have been successful and would therefore like to invite you to take part.

Come and join 1Spatial, Northumbrian Water Group, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water to crack this challenge!

Register now to join us on 13th June for the supplier briefing!

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