Utilities undertake various essential works which can be seen to have adverse effects on the social environment in which they are undertaken. These mainly include excavations in roads, streets and on customer property which cause traffic congestion, noise, dirt & dust etc.
There is no single comprehensive framework for measuring the potential societal impacts associated with a proposed intervention which means that they are not fully considered when evaluating new technologies or approaches that could be used for undertaking network activities. It is therefore difficult to compare the relative advantages of different approaches to delivering outcomes.
This unique project brings together four utility networks in the North East of England (Northern Powergrid, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Yorkshire Water Ltd and Northern Gas Networks) to assess societal impacts of network activities in terms of benefits and costs on from both sides.
Timescales: 03/2017 - 03/2018