BSI PAS 256 Launch: Buried Assets, London

11 April, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Exposed utilities.
Exposed utilities.

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This is the official launch of PAS 256, a new Publically Available Standard (PAS) aiming to make organisations aware of good practice around the collection, recording, maintaining and sharing of information and data related to buried assets.

There is a vast network of buried assets owned by utility companies, local authorities and other organisations across the UK. Access to accurate mapping of this critical national infrastructure is vital to maintain service, minimise costs and comply with health and safety legislation.

This PAS (a sponsored fast-track standard that has been developed through a consensus-building process) is the first step towards improving data record capture. It sets out the recommendations to implement new, or improve existing processes and systems in a more managed way. A key benefit of improved asset records is improved safety whilst working in the vicinity of utility assets.

PAS 256 will be a catalyst in allowing innovative minimum-dig techniques to be used with greater confidence and accuracy. Improved records will enhance design and planning and beneft multi – organisational society improvements such as future/smart cities and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The presenters will provide a summary of the purpose of PAS 256, and what the outcome of this code of practice will be.


18:00    Registration

18:30    Welcome from the Chairman
                 Tim Broyd, President, ICE

18:35    Introduction
                 Anthony Burd, Head of Sector, Built Environment, BSI    

18:40    The history of PAS 256 – why we need it and how we got to this stage
                  Marc Hobell, ICE Lead of PAS 256 , past Chair of ICE Geospatial Engineering Panel  

18:50    PAS 256 Content - What is it about?
                  Les Guest, Author of PAS 256

19:15     The End user’s perspective Case Study, why PAS is important
                  John Robinson, Director, Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors Limited 

19:40    Questions and Answers

19:55    Summation from the Chair

20:00    Close of lecture


Les Guest

Les Guest

Les Guest worked in the utility industry for over 40 years and before leaving National Grid in 2009, was responsible for Street Works policy for the organisation. Les is currently an independent consultant helping utilities to improve their business.

Les was appointed as a director of the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) in 2003.  He was Chief Executive between 2005 and 2007 and between 2009 and 2013 and a director of the National Underground Assets Group (NUAG Ltd).

Les has represented the whole of the utility sector in discussions with Ministers, key politicians and other influential stakeholders on street works issues and continues to help the industry by providing advice, experience and innovative ideas on street works, buried assets and process improvement. Les is currently the Technical Author for PAS256 : Buried assets – Capturing, recording, maintaining and sharing of location information and data.

Marc Hobell

Marc Hobell

Marc is the Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) of Geographic Information and Location Intelligence at Pitney Bowes Software. He is responsible for leading the GIS business, formerly MapInfo, the Enterprise LI technology and Customer data management platform called Spectrum that includes next generation Hub and location analysis.


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