Prioritising sewerage maintenance using inferred sewer age: a case study for Edinburgh

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The reported research project focuses on using a database which contains details of customer contacts and CCTV data for a key Scottish catchment to construct a GIS based sewer condition model. Given the nature of the asset registry, a key research challenge was estimating the age of individual lengths of pipe. Within this context, asset age was inferred using the estimated age of surface developments—this involved overlaying the network in a GIS with historical digital maps. The paper illustrates that inferred asset age can reliably be used to highlight assets which are more likely to fail.

Keywords: asset management, blockage, collapse, flooding, GIS, sewer condition, sewer failure

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