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In Europe there are 20M km of pipes and cables beneath us. Their repair cost is large in terms of disruption and delays when roads are dug up. Utility records can be wrong or incomplete and dry holes (where the required pipe or cable is not found) are not uncommon amongst the 4 million holes dug every year in the UK.

This presentation will briefly describe the Mapping the Underworld and Assessing the Underworld programmes funded by Government and Industry. It will then go on to look at how low-frequency electrical resistivity mapping techniques used by archaeologists might be used in paved urban areas to locate buried assets and assess risk factors associated with known degradation mechanisms.

Speaker: – Phil Atkins is a practical engineer and lecturer at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Birmingham. He has some thirty years designing and building sonar systems and underwater sensors. For the past ten years he has also implemented near-surface geophysical instrumentation and navigation systems for use in urban areas.

12:00 to 13:45 – lunch (optional)
14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – lecture
14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion

Delegates wishing to attend lunch must pre-book in advance. The cost for a two/three course meal with wine may be about £16. It is ESSENTIAL to pre-book lunch and advisable to book a lecture place. The location of the November and December events may not be Savoy Place in which case it is likely that the Strand Palace Hotel will be used instead.

Those wishing to attend are asked to send an e-mail on or before the preceding Monday, giving name(s), and requesting attendance at the lunch and lecture or just the lecture. In the case of lunch, please provide any dietary restrictions. The e-mail should be sent to tonydavies@ieee.org

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