CSA s250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure

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Public comment on this standard is open till Nov 6, 2010 at https://review.csa.ca/opr/opr_list.asp

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  • Road system reaching capacity The road system can't continue to accommodate car-dependent sprawl. Projections show that our arterial roads will be seriously congested, both in the regions and in Toronto.
    Air pollution Increased traffic congestion will further pollute what is already the poorest air quality in Ontario and may limit the ability of the entire GTA region to attract people and businesses.
    Ability to attract people and businesses The cost of installing and maintaining infrastructure and services at lower densities over a broader area will be in the billions of dollars, while in the City, parts of the existing infrastructure are under-utilized.
    Cost of installing/ maintaining infrastructure and services
    Lost farmland - 3,000 hectares per year Between 1976 and 1996, over 60,000 hectares of farmland was paved over, and we continue to lose over 3,000 hectares of farmland per year.
  • As you are aware, the City has a dual role to play on the TPUCC. It is both a user and owner of the public highways under its jurisdiction.
    The common and statute law recognizes that public highways have special characteristics which distinguish them from private property.
    Public highways are held in trust for the long-term benefit of the public, the taxpayers and other users of the public highway.
    This trust necessitates that municipalities develop policies to administer the surface and subsurface space in the public highways that will withstand the test of time.
  • Accidental contact with underground utility lines can be dangerous and cost millions in repairs and delays. Time spent properly locating and mapping utilities before starting construction can significantly lower the risk
  • These key phrases are not defined by the law, but the Canada Evidence Act, as well as most provincial and territorial evidence acts, contains the following provision, encouraging the use of standards:
    31.5 For the purpose of determining under any rule of law whether an electronic document is admissible, evidence may be presented in respect of any standard, procedure, usage or practice concerning the manner in which electronic documents are to be recorded or stored, having regard to the type of business, enterprise or endeavour that used, recorded or stored the electronic document and the nature and purpose of the electronic document..
  • The basic process by which a standard is developed is consistent among all standard development organizations, national and international. The following is a simplified breakdown of the process:
    Identification of the need for new standard
    Preliminary study and preparation of a draft outline
    Establishment of a committee (pre-existing or new)
    Committee meetings and consensus building on the draft
    Vote on the draft standard
    Publication of the standard
    Standards help organizations ensure their products and services are consistent, compatible, effective, and safe. They also help the public understand these important safety requirements.
    Most standards are voluntary - there are no laws requiring their application - but an increasingly competitive market place for goods and services means that more and more customers are demanding adherence to specific standards. Governments also make some standards mandatory by referencing them legislatively or through regulations.
  • Accuracy of mapping records
    Accurate content, completeness, extent of coverage, completeness, and spatial accuracy
    (Absolute & Relative) Accuracy levels being defined
  • Owners, operators and regulators nationwide want to better manage record the existence, identification, and depiction, and location of buried plant during the planning, design, construction and operation, retirement phases.
    The development of a standard for mapping of underground utility infrastructure is a logical next step, building on best practices
    Refer back to Common Ground Alliance in Ontario and BC
    Infrastructure challenges:
    Defintions, terms, symbology, features, have known meaning and can be applied to :Cost management issues, business disruptions to revenue stream, disruption to other utilities, damage prevention, , Time cost, coordination, reduced right of way size, congestion, no cut moratoriums, advancements of trench technology,
    -By improving communication between infrastructure stakeholders there is a better opportunity to cooperate and collaborate rather than work in isolation – co-builds, joint trenching,
  • This standard can be applied to the policies, procedures, practices and documentation that organizations need to establish the integrity and authenticity of recorded information on field notes, plans, sketches, as-builts, GIS systems, or other data/information management systems
    Its technology-neutral language allows organizations to apply the procedures to various types and combinations of Information Technology
    “…as per CSA s250 statements - will assist them in demonstrating compliance with legal requirements, without dictating the types of technology required.
    As a codification of best practices become more embedded into the evolution of this standard, organizations can and will be able to rely on this standard if they implement the appropriate procedures and follow them.
    Applying the standard to an organization’s business will not eliminate the possibility of litigation, but it will make the production of electronic records easier and their acceptance in a legal proceeding more certain.
  • Started from a position of strength by building on best practices generally accepted by industry
    Referred to existing documents
    Common Ground Alliance: Mapping Best Practices
    ASCE 38-02 SUE concepts
    ISO 15489
    Policy, practise, process, procedures from various stakeholders
    Ensuring that requirements are realistic and can be practically achievable without significant demands/investments or changes to stakeholder group technology, practices or internal processes
  • Leader in developing standards in Canada since founded in 1919.
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  • The standard applies to those who receive, create, capture, maintain, use, store or dispose of utility related mapping records.
    Technical Committee established consisting of subject matter experts, that also represent regional and end user interests.
    This standard applies to private and public sector activities of Persons irrespective of whether such activities are undertaken on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis
    This standard is intended for use by those who want to improve the assurance that the records they hold are trustworthy, reliable and recognized as authentic.
    Consensus Based Approach:
  • The Common Goal of building a composite utility mapping system for Toronto will benefit numerous activities affecting TPUCC members including:
    -planning
    -coordination
    -Drawing circulation
    - redlining
    -design
    -permit issuance
    -utility stakeout
    -construction and inspection
    - cut repair and
    -inventory management
  • To define the graphical representation of utility infrastructure and its associated attributes relevant to design.
    The process of creating a detailed set of instructions defining an intended physical change (eg: plans, sketches, specifications);
    making a decision of action based on information;
    there will be a physical change to the state of a utility infrastructure, either through the change or addition to an infrastructure network.
  • CSA s250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure

    1. 1. CSA S250 Standard MAPPING OF UNDERGROUND UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE Bob Gaspirc, OLS, CLS, Chair, CSA S250 Technical Committee OPWA IT Symposium October 28, 2010
    2. 2. Critical Infrastructure Dependencies There is a need to share information Production, Cooling, Emissions Reduction Water for Power for Compressors, Storage, Control Systems Fuel for Generators Power for Pump and Lift Stations, Control Systems Power for Switches Water for Cooling, Emissions Reduction Heat Power for Pumping Stations, Storage, Control Systems Fuel for Generators, Lubricants SCADA,Communications SCADA, Communications SCADA, Communications SCADA,Communications Fuels, Lubricants Fuels, Lubricants SCADA, Communications Water forCooling Fuel Transport, Shipping Fuel Transport, Shipping Shipping Shipping Power for Signaling, Switches Fuel for Generators WaterforProduction, Cooling,Emissions Reduction Water Transpor- tationOil Telecom Natural GasElectric Power
    3. 3. Local Government Responsibilities • Owner/user of the public roads under its jurisdiction • Public roads are held in trust for the long- term benefit of the public, the taxpayers & other users of the public roads • Policies are needed that will withstand the test of time, to administer the surface & subsurface space
    4. 4. Space in the ROW is limited What is in the ROW & where is it located?
    5. 5. Information exchange challenges • Definitions, terms, features, symbology • Cost management issues, business disruptions to revenue stream, disruption to other utilities, damage prevention, coordination, circulation • Reduced right of way size, congestion, no cut moratoriums, advancements of trench technology,
    6. 6. Question? • How will you demonstrate that your records are evidence that an event, activity, or task occurred or did not occur?
    7. 7. Utility Records - Evidence of an event, activity, task • As-built drawings, plans, sketches • Circulation drawings, mark ups • Design drawing • Permit drawings, sketches • Approved design drawing used for purposes of construction • Field notes, locator notes, inspector notes, • Digital representations of above
    8. 8. Key Goals –improve decision making during utility life cycle You must: • Be ready to produce utility “record” as evidence that an event, set of activities, or task occurred and was completed • Have record containing relevant, factual, and timely data • Be able to access and retrieve utility record • Be able to share, manipulate, analyze, distribute data • Make and act on decisions using reliable and dependable utility map records
    9. 9. Good records - better decision making CSA s250 provides:  Terminology –characteristics of a record  Authenticity – what it purports to be  Reliability – trusted as full and accurate representation of the fact  Integrity – complete and unaltered  Usability – can be located, retrieved, presented, and interpreted  Codification of best practises to qualify the level of reliability of mapping records information that is collected and used to depict the location and attributes of utility infrastructure  Quality levels envisioned to be as per ASCE 38- 02, Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data
    10. 10. CSA s250 Mapping Standard also • Provides a technically neutral language • Creates a consistent and repeatable approach to mapping and recording of facility information  “as per CSA S250” • Promotes communication among utility infrastructure stakeholders and reduces infrastructure life-cycle challenges
    11. 11. CSA s250 is Part of the decision framework Acts, regulations, by-laws, codes Results of court actions/decisions, other legal proceeding Enables Framework for collection, access exchange, and distribution Business policies, best practice, procedures, and operational requirements STANDARDS •ISO 15489 - records management •CAN/CGSB-72.34, Electronic records as documentary evidence •standards endorsed for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) (DRM, metadata, web services etc) •CSA s250 – Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure Technology neutral language Improves, enhances records management during design, construction, operation, retirement phase of plant
    12. 12. “ … as per CSA s250 ” Applying the standard to an organization’s business will not eliminate the possibility of litigation, but it will make the production of electronic records easier and their acceptance in a legal proceeding more certain. CSA s250 is not intended to replace, reduce, or eliminate the “Call before you dig” requirements for field locates of buried utilities
    13. 13. 14 Background RPWCO Task Force formed in June 2005 in order to improve the efficiency and safety of road and utility construction standards are needed for: • as-built records of buried utilities; • electronic formats of as-built records; and • planned construction activity in the road allowance.
    14. 14. What was found • No current mapping standard that addresses accuracy, process, and identification of underground plant • Historically, high variability in the reliability, consistency & accuracy of mapping underground utilities • The (Ontario and BC) Common Ground Alliance movement have introduced Mapping “Best Practices” for Damage Prevention • Recent technological advancements allows for:  Improved records capture (GPS, LIDAR, imagery)  Better records storage (GIS, CADD systems)  Enhanced access and sharing mechanisms • Growing appetite to share utility mapping records • Utility owners/operators already have internal standards
    15. 15. Build Up to Development of Standard • 2005 to 2006 Q3 – ORCGA Mapping Best Practices finalized and committee dissolved • 2006 Q1 to Q3 – RPWCO gathered support to develop a mapping standard • 2006 Q3 – RPWCO approached CSA to conduct a study on the viability of developing a new mapping standard • 2006 Q4 to 2007 Q2 – Feasibility Task Force • 2007 Q2 – Call for participation nationwide to become member of committee to develop new CSA standard • 2007 Q3 – New CSA S250 Technical Committee established and kick off
    16. 16. Why a CSA based standard? • Provides management framework for administering technical committee • Acts a facilitator; provides neutral third party forum, process, and structure for developing a consensus standard • Part of the National Standards System; accredited by the Standards Council of Canada
    17. 17. 18 Chair Associate Members CSA Project Manager Public Review / Enquiry • User interest •General interest •Carriers •Regulatory Authority Voting Members: TC CSA s250 Mandate: The Committee shall be responsible for developing and maintaining standards related to mapping and recording of existing in-service underground utility infrastructure and related appurtenances below, at, or near grade and those that are either abandoned or that are reserved for future use.
    18. 18. CSA s250 promotes the creation, use, and advancement of mapping records, during utility life cycle Coordination Planning Drawing Circulation Construction Cut Repair CSA s250 Permit Utility Stakeout Design Inventory
    19. 19. Committee Meetings to date  October 2007 (Toronto) - Kick-off and member training session  December 2007 (Mississauga) – Lifecycle of plant  February 2008 (Mississauga) – Content development  April 2008 (Mississauga) – Content development  June 2008 (Vancouver) – Content development  September 2008 (Mississauga) – Rough outline review  November 2008 (Mississauga) – 1st reading of draft  January 2009 (Calgary) – 2nd reading of draft  2010 Teleconferences as required
    20. 20. Technical Subcommittee - Planning  Underlying principle … plant shall be identified and be locatable  Requirements: Acts, Regulations, by-laws, guidelines, policies, MAA, MFA, Municipal Consent Agreements, business purposes  Common Language needed to describe - what, why, where, with who, for who  Utility coordination, co-build, co-locate, re-use, • Circulation, mark up, and Permit drawings
    21. 21. Technical Subcommittee - Design  Graphical representations  Associated attributes  How features (attributes) of different utilities get depicted on a map  Accuracy of feature will be a function of risk ex. gas line versus a water main  “Colours” specified by American Public Works Association are adopted  Plan, approved for construction
    22. 22. Technical Subcommittee - Construction Plan, notes, sketches, markings needed to: Locate, excavate, expose, install, repair, replace, remove plant Includes field notes, red-lines, change notification, field measurements of installation, as-builts, delivery of information to owner, and testing and commissioning.
    23. 23. Technical Subcommittee Operations & Maintenance All activities needed to operate, locate, monitor, control, inspect, repair and manage utility infrastructure except for planning, design and construction of new facilities. Maintenance may be routine, preventive, or reactive and may include repairs, rehabilitation and replacement of existing utility infrastructure.
    24. 24. Technical Subcommittee Operations & Maintenance Examples of discussion thus far:  Data gathering and grouping of activities  Routine  Public service  Construction  Developing & planning  Quality assurance needs  What are the mapping needs?  Developing a relationship model
    25. 25. • Improved reliability and accuracy in the location of underground utility infrastructure mapping records & supporting data • Improved safety of company & contractor employees and the general public by decreasing utility hits/strikes • Lower cost in the utility design life cycle by sharing accurate & complete utility records in a timely fashion amongst all users (municipalities, carriers, contractors, designers, consultants, locators…) Expected Outcomes
    26. 26. What does it mean to me?  Once CSA S250 is published, stakeholders may:  Ignore it  Use standard to support their records management frameworks  Voluntarily modify internal practices, processes, systems to meet or exceed standard  formally mandate implementation of all or part of CSA standard in regulatory/legislated framework
    27. 27. Public review till Nov 6, 2010 • https://review.csa.ca/opr/opr_list.asp •Google CSA s250 public review •Scroll down to S250 •Select it •Read standard •Provide comments by Nov 6, 2010 CSA “S250” – Mapping of underground utility infrastructure – summer 2011
    28. 28. Questions? Thank-you!

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