LineSearchBeforeYouDig: preventing costly excavation damage

published on 2 April

Experts' views

When it comes to digging safely and preventing damage, prioritizing risk reduction stands as a fundamental principle. Every project and stakeholder involved shares the responsibility of lessening injuries and accidents caused by hitting underground assets during excavation

LinesearchbeforeUdig (LSBUD) is a service that any individual can use to check their works against over 140 asset owners’ utility assets in the United Kingdom. LSBYD acts as a key ally, enabling quick and easy access to a part of the underground infrastructure information.

 

 

Why LineSearchBeforeYouDig matters:

Within the United Kingdom lies an extensive network of over 4 million kilometers of underground pipes and cables, a vast infrastructure crucial for the country’s functionality. Comparatively, the Netherlands boasts 1.7 km, yet its density far surpasses expectations, given the country’s smaller size – a testament to the intricate nature of its underground assets.

The sobering reality is that nearly 60,000 accidental strikes occur annually, posing imminent risks to on-site teams. The culprit? Outdated or inaccessible data, leading to unforeseen dangers and colossal economic repercussions, as per the Cabinet Office’s estimation, resulting in an annual cost of up to £2.4 billion to the UK economy.

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Timeline

Through UK history of excavation damage prevention

  • 1844

    First underground cable

    First piece of Underground Work (now part of the Science Museum Group)

  • 1880

    Development of electricity cables

    Underground railway gets going thanks to well-wired power supply

  • 1962

    National Transmission System (NTS)

    Start of construction of underground network of gas pipelines

  • 1998

    Internet access

    9% of UK househoulds has internet access

  • 2011

    LSBUD founded

    Founding of LineSearchbeforeyoudig

  • 2022

    Fibre rollout

    42% fibre coverage

  • 2019

    NUAR

    National Underground Asset Register pilot phase announced

  • 2023

    Accidents

    +60.000 accidents due to hitting cables and pipes

While a standardized interactive digital map of buried assets marks a step forward, it barely scratches the surface of preventing excavation damages. Benefit from our expertise as Europe’s leader in Call Before You Dig (CBYD) platforms, offering solutions that transcend borders and set new benchmarks in excavation safety.

As market leaders in France and the Netherlands, we can help redefine safety standards. Imagine the impact we could collectively make in the UK. Join us as a game-changer in excavation safety, leveraging years of expertise and innovation.

FAQ LineSearchBeforeYouDig (LSBUD)

What is the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR)?

The Geospatial Commission is developing the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR), an interactive digital map of underground pipes and cables, which is located in the UK. NUAR aims to transform the management of buried infrastructure by enhancing data sharing and access. Initially covering England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 2024/25, NUAR will gradually expand its coverage. Scotland currently benefits from a similar system called VAULT. NUAR aggregates privately and publicly owned data from numerous organizations to provide a secure, auditable, and sustainable platform. It offers a consistent, interactive digital map of buried asset data.

 

What is the Geospatial Commission?

Established in 2018, the Geospatial Commission (GC) is an independent expert committee tasked with setting the UK’s geospatial strategy and coordinating geospatial activities across the public sector. It aims to harness the economic, social, and environmental potential of location data while bolstering the UK’s global geospatial expertise. The Commission operates within the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology.

What are the benefits of NUAR?

Accidental strikes on underground utilities endanger workers and disrupt public and business activities, costing the UK economy £2.4 billion annually. NUAR is expected to generate economic benefits of £350 million per year by improving efficiencies, reducing asset strikes (enhancing worker safety), and minimizing delays for the public and businesses.

What is LineSearchBeforeUDig?

LineSearchBeforeUDig (LSBUD) is a service enabling individuals to check their works against utility assets owned by hundreds of organizations in the UK. These assets encompass extensive underground and overhead networks, including electricity, gas, high-pressure fuel, water, and fiber optic cables.

What is Klic?

Klic is a system in the Netherlands designed to ensure the safety of excavation near underground cables and pipes. Soil excavators must obtain information about the location of cables and pipes before commencing any machine excavation. Even if discrepancies are found between the actual location and Klic notifications, they must be reported to prevent damage to underground assets.

What is the WIBON?

WIBON (formerly WION) mandates network operators in the Netherlands to submit location data of cables and pipelines to a central system. Additionally, it outlines obligations for excavators to work meticulously, seek further information when necessary, and report any excavation activities. The law also establishes procedures and enforcement mechanisms, including fines administered by the Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur.

What is DICT?

DICT.fr Response is a software solution in the construction sector that aids network operators in managing responses to construction site notifications in compliance with damage control regulations. For two decades, DICT has supported daily operations for network operators, with a significant portion of work notifications and acknowledgments in France processed through DICT.fr-Déclaration and DICT.fr Response.

Our impact on preventing excavation damages:

The Netherlands

  • The most used CBYD solution in the Netherlands,  serving over 230,000 active users.
  • We connected more than 630 network companies, offering a platform for seamless information exchange in network operations.

France

  • A staggering exchange of 100,000 documents daily underscores our digital prowess.
  • Our digital CBYD solution commands a staggering 70% market share in France, a testament to our innovation and reliability.

Our solution:

Preventing utility damage

Our DICT and Klic App solutions empower you to access data of the underground before starting any excavation project. With our solutions you stay informed about the precise location of underground utilities, helping you plan and execute your projects with precision.

Seamless collaboration

Sogelink fosters collaboration between utility network managers and excavators, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow. For example, our GO Wibon and GO Fiberconnect solutions facilitates effective communication and reduces the risk of accidental damage.

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