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A Socio-Economic Cost Assessment Regarding Damages to Underground Infrastructures (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY)

  • Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin
  • Ingrid Peignier
  • Vincent Mouchikhine
  • Mohamed Mahfouf

Underground lies a vast network of conduits and cables that delivers products and services to today's society. These underground infrastructures include telecommunication and electrical cables, gas conduits, sewers, water lines, drainage systems, oil pipelines, etc. The increasing number of networks, along with their shallow burial, translates into contractors regularly striking them while doing repair or rehabilitation work of all kinds. The research's general objective is to present a detailed study of damage related indirect costs to underground infrastructures that could be used for damage prevention and as an incentive for best practices. By providing a complete list of socio-economic costs and a realistic damage related costing, this essential step will help convince contractors of the importance of damage prevention as well as help reduce the total damage related costs for everyone (companies, population, municipalities, emergency services, etc.). This project is even more relevant since urban networks are more and more buried, be it for aesthetic reasons (effort to repossess the landscape) or for security reasons (risk reduction due to climate incidents, risk elimination associated to the presence of vegetation in urban environments). In this respect, the importance of improving underground network management takes on an even greater dimension.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Project Reports with number 2013rp-21.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirpro:2013rp-21
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