The latest in a series of Calls for Innovation seeks potential solutions to a problem area identified by network operators, with a focus on preventing damage to pavement during streetworks.
Network operators own and operate a number of underground assets. Maintenance and installation activities on these assets are required and lead to excavations. Following completion of the relevant activities, and as part of the reinstatement process, the excavation needs to be backfilled and spoil removed from site. This process tends to cause damage to the pavement, which is due to either the spoil itself or the mechanical means (e.g. single or clamshell buckets) used to handle the spoil.
In 2017, one network operator reported damage to more than 5000 sites. This leads to complaints from customers and the local authorities.
The ultimate goal of this call is to identify the best solution to reduce or eliminate damage to pavements. It is envisaged that a potential solution could be a sheet-type material that is overlaid on the pavement, prior to the spoil being placed on top of it.
Find out more about this call for innovation here.
To register initial interest and request an expression of interest form, please enter your details online. Alternatively, please call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 and quote the reference number DNO-18-03.
Please note, specific EOI forms are created for each individual Call for Innovation and the matching form will be required to progress any submissions.
The closing date for registering initial interest is 10 August 2018. Please note office open hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
A presentation day is scheduled for w/c 10 September 2018.