Steel road plate alternative

One of our gas distribution network partners is leading the search for an alternative to using steel road plates to cover open excavations.

For additional information about this opportunity click here:  EIC Call for Innovation ‘Steel road plate alternative’


Large steel plates are used to cover excavations when gas distribution networks (GDNs) and electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) undertake excavations in the public highway.

The plates prevent vehicles and members of the public from entering the open trench. Due to the size and weight of these plates, delivery, removal and movement of the plates around the site is not easy.

Machinery such as grab wagons are used to move the plates but this method increases the risk of injury to operators and to the public.

The GDN is looking for an alternative to steel plates that performs to the same specification but can be easily fitted by two people and if possible, does not require ground anchoring.

If you have the skill set or experience to contribute to this opportunity, register your interest by calling us on 0151 348 8040 and quoting the reference number GDN-15-11, or by completing the form below.


The deadline for registering initial interest in this call is 5pm, Wednesday 16th March 2016.

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.