GeoIgnite 2020 Track Announcement: Mapping the Underground Summit
Track Chair: Geoff Zeiss
GeoIgnite 2020 is excited to announce that Mapping the Underground will be an official summit within the agenda. To register for the upcoming conference and participate in exciting tracks such as this one, please click here.
Without accurate maps of underground infrastructure, every construction project has the potential to become a disaster site. Unlike the aviation industry where reliable data is collected and is accessible to investigators to prevent disasters from happening in the future, there is limited access to data about the location of underground infrastructure and what data is accessible is inaccurate, out-of-date and incomplete with the result that serious incidents during construction with injuries and fatalities occur again and again. This also represents a drag of billions of dollars on the Canadian economy. Now public and private organizations around the world are implementing policies, procedures and technologies to reduce underground utility damage during excavation. At this summit at GeoIgnite we are bringing together leaders in the subsurface utility engineering, one-call, surveying, geospatial, and construction sectors to discuss how to accelerate initiatives in Canada for reducing the risk to the public and to construction schedules and budgets. The summit is targetted on professionals for whom underground utilities represent a risk or an opportunity; surveyors, subsurface utility engineering and locate specialists, utility regulators, federal, provincial, local government and utility policy makers, utility associations, geomatics professionals, academics in geomatics and geography, smart city specialists.