University team awarded for innovative underground mapping system

A team led by Professor Anthony Cohn in the School of Computing have won the Built Environment category at this year's Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards.

The innovative software which won the award is part of a large, multi-partner project called Mapping the Underground. The Vault software, which relies on Leeds utility record integration, has been implemented in Scotland and integrates all the records of underground pipes in an instantly available computer format for people wanting to dig.

The judging panel commented: 'This innovation provides an imaginative solution to the coordination of underground services by supporting the integrated planning and maintenance of underground infrastructure assets and improves the safety of works on and around buried utility services by encouraging a collaborative approach between service providers. Wider benefits include reduced disruption to the public and significant time and cost savings to utility suppliers by accessing a comprehensive asset database.'

The software was also shortlisted and highly commended in the Information Technology category. 

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