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Title: Maintenance of water retaining gates & the management of buried services in highways
Author: Cullen, Martin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 5006
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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Civil engineering projects are often strategic in that they fulfil a need for society, such as a bridge. Maintenance of all infrastructure assets is crucial and this Thesis will consider maintenance aspects of two areas of infrastructure: water retaining gates and locationa1 data necessary to manage buried services within the structure of our highways. Water an essential commodity of society to support life of the community directly and indirectly for key functions, such as transportation. The importance of water based transportation has been established for as long as historical records show as has the desire to improve the efficiency of the ships and the support systems in place to accommodate imports and exports. Water retention in docks and canals has been achieved with the use of gates to allow access for ships while attempting to maintain a water level for the vessels within the dock, or canal area. A common gate style used in these locations is the mitre gate. This Thesis will consider mitre gates and their development to today's status and make reference to published works on the subject detailing the justification for the Thesis to be written. In contracts, delays in traffic caused by maintenance work are a common occurrence with trenches being dug in highways for maintenance or new works. In the main the work is being done for utility companies who provide commodities we all anticipate in our daily life, e.g. potable water, sewage, gas, electricity, telephone, etc. Changes how data for these buried services are controlled took place with new legislation defining who has responsibility for the services and their interface with the highway structure. The Buried Services Working Group did influence the detail of the legislation although the motivation for change already existed. Most members of the general public would accept that it is unusual to be unaffected at some time during a road journey by roadworks. Most highways, excluding motorways, contain buried services in the road structure such as water pipes, electricity cable, gas mains, etc. Maintaining buried services is necessary to cope with normal wear and tear but also access is required to expand the existing system or to install new buried services as the demand for utilities increases. This Thesis will present the published report by the BSWG and also give the rationale as to how and why the group was formed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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