Model for the 3D location of buried assets based on RFID technology

Krystyna Curtis, Bimal Kumar, James Sommerville

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    As construction and renovation equipment excavate in the vicinity of utility lines, the buried infrastructure is likely to suffer some form of “attack,” be that simple mechanical abrasion or a major rupture. Damage to underground services can lead to widespread disruption and significant upstream (service provider) and downstream (end user) losses, often resulting in whole communities being isolated from emergency services and losing essential utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. The ability to physically determine on site the location of underground utilities is critical to reduce risk and consequence during excavation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)148-159
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


    • construction industry
    • RFID technology
    • buried assets


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