Wellington City Council adopts digital map for underground infrastructure management

(UI) — The Wellington City Council in New Zealand has given the green light for the development of a dynamic digital map that will document the underground network of pipes and cables.

The Wellington Underground Asset Map, backed by a $4 million investment, aims to revolutionize the installation and maintenance of buried infrastructure, including telecommunications cables, gas pipes, and other vital services.

Siobhan Procter, the chief infrastructure officer of the Wellington City Council, highlighted that substantial funding will be allocated toward enhancing the city's infrastructure.

According to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Proctor said, "Over the next few decades, billions of dollars will be spent on infrastructure projects around the city, including water, electricity, Let's Get Wellington Moving, cycleways and council capital projects like Te Matapihi Central Library and housing developments."

The use of the digital map will make it easier to move away from antiquated paper procedures and inaccurate legacy records, which frequently lack thorough or accurate information on older pipelines and cables. Instead, the material will be moved to a map-based online library to ensure accessibility and accuracy.

The massive infrastructure construction program, which will span three decades of growth and take place over the next 10 years, is only getting started, Siobhan Procter told RNZ.

The country's roadways and the city's underground network do not currently have a centralized record-keeping system.

Instead, it is assembled by hand for every job, making it challenging to have a complete picture of what is under the streets.

The ultimate objective is to create a framework and supporting regulations that can be applied to the rest of Aotearoa and compete with platforms found in other countries, such as the National Underground Asset Register in the United Kingdom and Scotland's Vault records system.

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