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Underground Assets

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to facilitate the production of a standard accessible electronic register of underground assets. (182652)

The Department has provided financial support to the National Underground Assets Group (NUAG), which is working to establish an effective and efficient means of recording, storing, sharing and displaying information on underground assets. The group has representatives from industry and local authorities as well as Ordnance Survey and the Association for Geographic Information. The Government support other related initiatives such as:

VISTA which uses GPS to generate 3-D models of the location of assets; and

Mapping the Underworld which identifies new technology to locate assets.

The three projects complement each other and share their conclusions to ensure compatibility of proposals.