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Q & A from the HAUC(UK) Convention now available

The Role of Data in defining legislation, guidance and delivery

Q - Will England look to make the provision of this asset data mandatory like Scotland?

A - We are currently exploring potential legislative reform, building on the experience and the work done by the SRWC, and the results from the NUAR consultation that concluded in June 22.

Q - Will NUAR look to integrate the data into street manager in the future to help reduce costs and speed up the planning process of street works?

A - While there aren’t detailed specific plans for integration, we have made every effort to build NUAR on extensible and interoperable principles (e.g. the use of a standardised data model which will be published) to enable integrations of this type once we have delivered the high value use case of safe excavations which is our current focus.

Q - Could the NUAR map be added into the street manager map?

A - While there aren’t detailed specific plans for integration, we have made every effort to build NUAR an extensible and interoperable principles (e.g. the use of a standardised data model which will be published) to enable integrations of this type once we have delivered the high value use case of safe excavations which is our current focus.

Q- What are the data asks for the next 5 to 10 years, building on the great work done so far?

A - We ask for all data from asset owners that will facilitate safer digging practices, we will seek to continually improve currency and completeness of data provided to NUAR. Further out to 10 years, the asset owner/end user community will be able to provide feedback and suggestions for what additional data will be useful for NUAR to display.

A - In the DataMapWales – Wales Infrastructure Programme the Data asks we use are simply for copies of Existing Data only. Easily achievable and cost effective. We Keep It Simple,

These come under two key Data Set ‘Umbrellas’.

  • Asset Data (which mirrors NUAR). Asset Infrastructure. Gas pipes, water pipes, electric cables, telecom cables. Highways, rail track, Lighting columns, gulleys, culverts etc.
  • Planned Work Data – Essentially, planned works from 0 -5 year plus which may impact on another Asset Infrastructure Owner’s Assets. Ours is not an operational programme, therefore, currently we do not upload emergency/unplanned works. Also, we do however, upload S58 data on Embargoed Roads. This gives us a ‘view’ or dashboard’ in any given area.

Additionally, we can easily add many other relevant Data Sets. For example, for one Local Authority, DMW has uploaded, highly detailed CAD drawings of the specific works being undertaken. Subject to the Asset Owner having a system capable of providing this type of data (the legacy systems vary significantly in quality and capability!). Moreover, the Asset Owner having the desire to want to share this Data Set.

Q - Who is NUAR available to?

A - The MVP is initially accessible to asset owners who operate in London, North East England and Wales and have signed the NUAR Data Distribution Agreement (DDA) and agreed a Data Ingestion Specification (DIS), and those authorised street works contractors working on behalf of these asset owners. Access to the data is granted in accordance with the agreed use cases and legally enforceable data access agreements. All access is subject to protective monitoring.

Access to the platform is by invitation only (based upon the above criteria), and the NUAR Administration Portal allows designated administrators within asset owner organisations to invite and manage their direct users (constrained by email domain) and to manage the supply chain organisations who work on their behalf. Initially these administrators are our current primary points of contact, but asset owners are able to determine within their organisation who they would like to be their administrator going forward - it is possible for these to change, and many organisations will have multiple administrators who will be able to set up standard users.

Q - I noticed over ground apparatus in the legend. Does NUAR include above ground assets?

A - Yes

Q - NUAR is quite rightly aimed at reducing strikes through standardising the collection and display of assets - a huge achievement! Are there any proposals to display abandoned assets, piped subways or spare ducting installed when future proofing highways? That would obviously help organisations to consider minimum dig options instead of causing unnecessary disruption through open cut.

A - Yes, they are noted as “unidentified assets”

A - In Wales, currently NUAR contains Asset Data only. In Wales only, currently the DataMapWales – Wales Infrastructure Programme is being used for Planned Works Data Sets. These are then used as an enabler for Strategic Collaboration/Cooperation.

Q - Do you see NUAR as a platform for utilities and HAs to identify where they intend to complete planned works?

A - The focus of NUAR is the safe excavation use case. On the basis that the safest excavation is the one that doesn’t take place, there is clearly a strong planning element in the holistic view of safe works. In any scenario where the principle of avoiding damage to buried assets is paramount, then NUAR will add value. NUAR does and will continue to support “reference” datasets which support a holistic view of damage avoidance, and it is possible that planned work locations could come into play if there is sufficient appetite from the NUAR community, and if this data is easily available in a suitable form.

You can access the audio presentation and the slides from here :

Q - Not including all new works onto Welsh database - how do you then qualify that the on-screen data is not "complete"- Operative/User reduced confidence? "hearts and minds"

A - Firstly, the Purpose of the DataMapWales – Wales Infrastructure Programme is to achieve Strategic Collaboration/Cooperation and unlock benefits. Given this purpose we use Planned Works Data on Planned Projects. (For example, currently it is not used for Emergency/Unplanned Works).

Secondly, this data then acts as an enabler for Local Authorities/Utilities to collaborate/cooperate to unlock opportunities/avoid conflicts at a Strategic level 0 – 5 years plus, well in advance of Operational Collaboration. This operational Collaboration goes on as normal via Local Coordination Meetings etc. Therefore, the Planned Works Data Sets are as ‘complete’ as they need to be to achieve our Purpose.

Once work is completed the Data Sets are refreshed on a rolling basis so again for our Purpose, they are ‘complete’ periodically based on the type of Data Set.

A good example of this is the annual budget cycle/programme for Planned Works for the Next Financial Year, typically, Apr – Mar Financial Year. Typically, these will only become available Mar/Apr/May each year once individual Organisations confirm their agreed budgets and spend for that given year. This Data is as ‘complete’ as it needs to be once per yea, reviewed periodically with in that year.

Obviously, plans change. When plans do change we collaborate/cooperate and the DMW Wales Infrastructure Database is updated periodically..

Given our key purpose and our successes to date , our Users have a very high level of confidence plus that the data is ‘complete’ for our Purpose. When it is not, we work together collaboratively for mutual benefit, correct the incomplete element at periodic meetings. Update the corrections to DataMapWales.

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