Central Alliance and Utilis have been shortlisted in the ‘Innovation of the Year: Water Systems’, and ‘Research Impact: Application in the Industry’ categories for their work on using synthetic-aperture radar to map ground saturation.
The methodology, which takes high-resolution saturated ground mapping using satellite data, has the potential to change the way we manage our assets and infrastructure, which is why this is such an important innovation. Open-source data from the European Space Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provide information on ground saturation at resolution scales of tens of kilometres. This pioneering technique uses space-borne L-band synthetic-aperture radar at a much higher resolution. By displaying an interpolation of relative ground saturation, Central Alliance is providing information to facilitate the identification of drainage problems, highlight potential issues that might cause geotechnical instability and identify leaking water pipes and third-party effects on assets, specifically linear transportation routes and infrastructure earthwork.
The information will be used to focus resources for further investigation, maintenance and remedial work and is revolutionary in terms of the way that such remotely sensed data can be used. The wide area coverage enables regular assessments to be made over large areas, thereby offering significant benefits over traditional methods.
Richard Pidcock, joint managing director Central Alliance said, “Being shortlisted for the TechFest 2018 awards is a great honour and a showcase of Central Alliance’s technologies and services. It also provides a platform for the company to champion its innovation.”
To see the full shortlist, visit the TechFest website. Good luck, Central Alliance and Utilis!