Magnetic field measurement to detect and locate underground power cable

P. Wang, K. F. Goddard, P. L. Lewin, S. Swingler, P. Atkins, K. Y. Foo

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Abstract

Accurate location of buried cables is crucial for future application of trenchless technologies in urban areas. This paper describes an experimental study on detection and location of underground power cables using magnetic field measurement. To do this, a measurement system is designed to be able to measure the magnetic field of an underground power cable at a number of points above ground. It was constructed using battery powered data acquisition modules connected to a coil array, and controlled by a laptop. The experimental investigation has been carried out in a university car park, where the university's utility map shows an isolated power cable. The results shows that the measurement system and cable location method predict a reasonable position of target cable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICPTT 2011
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011
Pages2291-2297
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2011
EventInternational Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines, ICPTT 2011 - Beijing, China
Duration: 26 Oct 201129 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - Proceedings of the International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines, ICPTT 2011
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period26/10/1129/10/11

Keywords

  • Buried pipes
  • Magnetic fields
  • Measurement
  • Utilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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