Reducing project costs and improving safety for Fibre Telecoms and Utility companies

Having detailed knowledge of the working environment such as surface type and dimensions and existing infrastructure is key to the effective planning, designing and budgeting of roll out, upgrade and maintenance project on the highway network in the utilities and FTTH sector.

Gaist data accessed from the desktop, can mitigate health & safety risk and reduce costs through negating the need for site surveys, improve efficiency, reduce disruptions and variations through increased information at the scope/specification stages of a scheme.

Adding value to the whole project life cycle

Gaist can add value to utilities through the whole project life cycle (from feasibility to handover) of upgrade and maintenance works on their buried infrastructure in the highway network.

From initial condition assessment of the carriageway and footway; and asset inventory and location; through assistance with budgeting and prioritising maintenance schemes; improving the designing and planning process; and support during site works; on to on-going monitoring of the re-instatements for warranty claim mitigation.

Highway network asset inventory collection

Using a combination of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and human inspection the images are analysed to provide customer specific asset inventory data including location, type and attributes. This information can be delivered as web services through AssetStream (Gaist’s proprietary software) or as shape files for use in client specific GIS (Geographic Information System) and other planning applications.”

  • Anti Skid/High Friction Surfacing
  • Bollard – Illuminated
  • Bollard – Unilluminated
  • Bus Shelter
  • Bus Stop
  • CCTV Cameras (pole mounted only)
  • Communication Cabinet
  • Cycle Lane
  • Gully – Linear
  • Inspection Chamber
  • Lighting Column
  • Pedestrian Crossing
  • Pedestrian Guardrail
  • Post Box
  • Road Markings – Special
  • Road Markings Hatched
  • Road Markings Longitudinal
  • Road Markings Transverse
  • Road Studs
  • Sign – Illuminated
  • Sign – Unilluminated
  • Special Engineering Difficulties
  • Speed Camera
  • Street Name Plate
  • Telegraph Pole (location & type)
  • Telegraph Pole (Span)
  • Telegraph Pole (Wire Count)
  • Traffic Island
  • Traffic Lights
  • Traffic Signal inc Zebra
  • Trees Highways
  • Utility boxes and Chambers
  • Telephone Box
Life Cycle

Reinstatement quality management and monitoring

The quality of the reinstatement following a dig or trenching is a key part of the commercial viability of a project and in minimising complaints and claims from residents and the general public. Imagery from Gaist both before and after works can help take the subjectivity out of assessing the quality of contractor performance and provide high quality validation information in the event of a subsequent claim without the need for subsequent site surveys.

Surface type analysis for project feasibility and design

GaistMaterials is a detailed report of the surface type/material for verges, footways and carriageways for the entire planned network. This ensures that FTTH High Level Designs (HLD) are completed with the optimum route with the minimum of revisions and redesigns, and that business cases (average cost per homes passed), budgets and forecasts are as accurate as possible. At the project design stage through detailed analysis of the network area at a macro and micro level for scoping the works and creating bill of quantities from the desk-top, without the need for site surveys.

Buried services upgrade and replacement projects can be very costly for utility companies if the surface materials on the carriageway and footway are not understood, planned and accounted for. Some material reinstatements can be more expensive than others, and so building an accurate understanding of material types above buried services will enable cost-effective planning and improved compliance with codes of practice. The current process of visual inspection via site surveys is slow, expensive, open to subjectivity and can have safety and security implications for personnel carrying out such surveys on the busy public highway.

Each section of the highway network is assigned a contiguous polygon relating to the surface material type in the verge, footway and carriageway.

At the project feasibility stage by being able to optimise the network route for minimal cost and time by easiest trenching options. At the project design stage through detailed analysis of the network area at a macro and micro level for scoping the works and creating bill of quantities from the desk-top, without the need for site surveys. By having increased knowledge of the working environment and highway conditions before teams are deployed for emergency repairs thereby reducing aborted visits.