A governance framework for implementation of scientific and engineering innovation in buried infrastructure systems

Elisabeth Shrimpton, Dexter Hunt, Chris Rogers

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Abstract

This article draws on experience within a pervasive sensing research project, the Pipebots project. The aim of the project is to design miniature robots to gather physical condition and environmental data on buried pipe networks, using potable water distribution and wastewater pipe systems as the initial target applications. One of the challenges of the project is to anticipate and address the potential governance issues triggered by the project. Due to the lack of a suitable tool with sufficient breadth to guide thinking, the existing literature has been drawn upon to form the basis of a governance framework for use in infrastructure projects. Whilst the original intention was to be alert to and interrogate the forms of governance that may impact on new infrastructure interventions, what is emerging is a tool that would support the strategy for implementation, improve the design (a no-regrets design policy) and help build the business case for the transformational change the project envisages.
Original languageEnglish
Article number765577
JournalFrontiers in Sustainable Cities
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grants EP/S016813 (Pervasive Sensing of Buried Pipes) and EP/R017727 (UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities Coordination Node), and both EPSRC under grant 2278805 and United Utilities for supporting the doctoral research study of the first author, of which this is a part.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2022 Shrimpton, Hunt and Rogers.

Keywords

  • infrastructure
  • justice
  • business case
  • governance
  • water and waste water
  • transformation
  • pervasive sensing
  • framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Law
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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