Cable Detection and Avoidance

One of our gas distribution network (GDN) industry partners is digging deep to find an innovative solution for detecting underground cables during surveys and excavations.

For additional information about this opportunity click here: EIC Call for Innovation ‘Cable Detection and Avoidance’

GDNs undertake a considerable amount of excavation activities as they repair, maintain and replace their buried assets. However, as telecoms, water and electricity network operators also own and manage underground pipes and cables, it is important that the GDNs avoid damage to third party assets.

Damaging other networks causes disruption for customers and hitting power cables in particular carries health and safety risks.

The GDNs currently have technologies to aid in the detection of buried cables, however there are certain circumstances in which these tools fall short. These circumstance are described in more detail in the attached document.

This is the latest in a series of calls for innovation, managed by the EIC, which offers innovators the opportunity to register interest and propose potential solutions to targeted energy distribution sector problems.

If you have an idea or a solution that can help, register your interest by calling us on 0151 348 8040 and quoting the reference number GDN-15-08 or by completing the form below.


The deadline for registering initial interest in this call is 5pm, Wednesday 3rd February 2016.

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