Draft PAS 128 on underground utility detection, verification and location – call for feedback


1 JULY 2013

The ICE’s Geospatial Engineering Panel is coordinating feedback on behalf of the ICE on the recently announced public consultation on the draft of PAS 128, Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location.

PAS 128 applies to the detection, verification and location of active, abandoned, redundant or unknown underground utilities and associated surface features that facilitate the location and identification of underground utility infrastructure. It sets out the accuracy to which the data are captured for specific purposes, the quality expected of that data and a means by which to assess and indicate the confidence that can be placed in those data. The development of PAS 128 has been sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

A PAS is a sponsored, fast-track informal standard that is developed through a consensus-building process facilitated by BSI Standards Limited. A PAS should not be regarded as a BS, EN or ISO standard.

Further Information on Buried Utilities and the Geospatial Panel

A major UK initiative entitled Mapping the Underworld (MTU) is seeking to address the serious social, environmental and economic consequences arising from an inability to locate – accurately and comprehensively – buried utility service infrastructure without resorting to extensive excavations.

Find further information on the ICE’s Geospatial panel.