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DIGITAL DISRUPTION

Many devices and technologies we take for granted were once considered disruptive, but now they are part of everyday use.

D

isruptive innovations are

frequently completed using CCTV, reduc-

remains vital for utilities and construction

those technological advances

ing the need for workers to venture directly

contractors as more and more assets are

that fundamentally change a

into the system. Advances in renewables

located underground.

market or industry, often by

like solar PV and energy storage seem

displacing an existing tech-

poised to transform the electricity industry.

nology.

In the past we have seen a move away from manual records and from more destructive

In the information age, as industry be-

methods of determining asset locations,

While often met with initial resistance,

comes more data intensive, many disrup-

such as exploratory digging or potholing.

such technologies should be seen as

tive technologies take a digital form. In

Non-invasive surveying technologies like

transformative rather than destructive as

the report titled ‘Digital Disruption - Short

ground penetrating radar (GPR), sound-

they often increase productivity, resulting

fuse, big bang?’, consultancy firm Deloitte

ing technology, radio detection and elec-

in countless benefits and paving the way

suggests that many of the largest Austral-

tromagnetic induction have experienced

for further innovation. As technology

ian companies face a huge shake-up from

widespread adoption. Services like Dial

advances, routine tasks are made more

emerging digital technologies within the

Before You Dig (DBYD), which collate

efficient, freeing up more resources to

next three years. Digital disruption is driv-

information submitted by contractors

direct towards other efforts and further

ing the next wave of technological evolu-

and offer it freely, also play a pivotal role.

progress.

tion and the utility sector is no exception.

In the recent past, wireless technology

looks likely to involve augmented reality

fundamentally changed the nature of

Shaking up the utility locating sector

communications, and over the last cen-

One of many fields to have experienced

GIS data to visualise underground assets.

tury, machines have continued to replace

innovation is that of utility locating tech-

Solutions that display geographic asset

people. For instance, sewer inspections are

nology. Understanding underground assets

data as maps, text or as a 3D visualisa-

The next phase in the field’s development

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