Civil engineering

The National Joint Utilities Group has estimated that the total cost of UK utility street works from 2013 to 2030 will be £319bn. This cost mainly arises from holes being dug in the wrong places. At the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, we are developing gravity sensors to essentially look beneath the ground.

Many civil engineering projects would hugely benefit from gravity surveys to reveal hidden hazards such as pipes, mines, tunnels and even sinkholes. Due to the delayed measurement times and the huge effort required in interpreting the data, only a few companies in the UK currently use gravity sensors.
Image of plastic orange pipe in the ground to represent Civil Engineering
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