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BGS’ ground monitoring system targets flood asset protection

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British Geological Survey (BGS) has developed PRIME, an innovative ground monitoring system designed to help protect flood defence, transportation and utilities assets from deterioration.

PRIME enables asset owners to 'see inside' vulnerable earthworks, providing early warnings of asset deterioration. The system uses a remote condition monitoring and a decision-support system to assess the internal physical condition of geotechnical assets such as embankments, cuttings and dams. The decision to develop the system was driven by the increasing number and severity of asset failures, predominantly due to extreme weather and asset ageing.

The system was developed by the BGS’ geophysical tomography team in close collaboration with an expert steering group including Network Rail, Canals and Rivers Trust, London Underground and ITM Monitoring. It is due to be showcased at an event in London later this year hosted by testing, inspection and compliance services firm Socotec.

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