The project, Finding Infrastructure with Non-Destructive Imaging Technologies (FINDIT), aims to better use existing geophysical technologies in a novel way to detect buried utilities, assess the condition of buried pipes and ducts and evaluate the capacity to install new buried infrastructure. RSK’s partners in this project include University of Birmingham and BT.
New Scientist Live is the largest popular science event in the UK and attracts huge media attention. In 2016, it welcomed over 22,000 highly engaged members of the public. As part of BT’s stand in the Technology Zone, the FINDIT project was showcased with demonstrations of University of Birmingham’s quantum technology and our existing ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to show how a broad range of sensors can be brought together to better detect defects in infrastructure.
Technology Zone stand
“The potential impact of the FINDIT is enormous: potentially reducing the cost of installing fibre to the premises (FTTP) to the UK to the point where it becomes economic. This would transform the UK by providing a world-leading data connectivity with far reaching economic and social benefits,” commented Andrew Lord, Head of Optical Research, BT Technology, Service and Operations.
Matt Stringfellow from RSK’s Hemel Hempstead geophysics team is the FINDIT project manager. “Having a presence and the opportunity to showcase some of our innovations at New Scientist Live was a fantastic pleasure. Having astronaut Tim Peake talking at our stand was a special moment. It is a great example of how we are at the forefront of science,” he added.
Tim Peake (front left) visits the BT stand
For more information on FINDIT, visit the FINDIT website.