Infrastructure networks typically consist of linear assets traversing entire regions or countries. The coordination of multiple stakeholders on large infrastructure projects is a particular challenge, especially on large linear projects. There are likely to be numerous consultancies contributing to the planning and design phases and potentially multiple contractors, with several active work zones, constructing the asset. The client needs to understand progress in near real-time to manage the project effectively. Murphy Geospatial can partner with infrastructure clients to manage the geospatial coordination of multiple work fronts and stakeholders on infrastructure projects with multiple benefits for all. Long linear projects present unique complications regarding geospatial coordination due to grid reference alignment and geoid transformations. The understanding of true position consistency and determination should not be underestimated and poses many technical problems to project stakeholders who may all approach these challenges differently. Governance is part of the solution to overcome these problems.
Murphy Geospatial can establish and govern project control networks to ensure that all stakeholders remain coordinated. Our surveys become the single source of truth for a project resulting in less risk of design clashes and problems with misalignments on site. Coordinated project data makes possible the use of machine control for construction equipment and near-real time feedback on the status of the site through monitoring data. Our infrastructure inspection services and long-term monitoring systems help asset owners understand the condition and operational status of their networks. Murphy Geospatial has established workflows and expertise honed from undertaking thousands of bridge inspections and mass capture of road and railway assets using best-in-class terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping technology. The verified data outputs provide the asset owner with a digital twin of their asset and hence an unmatched understanding of the physical properties of their network which can be used and re-used for years after the initial capture. The digital twin establishes a framework for the implementation of smart infrastructure systems, paving the way for integration into our future smart cities.
Our infrastructure binds our society together and enables it to function. Roads, railways, airports, harbours, utilities: these physical components are interconnected into complex systems to support trade, health, government, education, employment, industry, tourism – in essence, all parts of our society, economy and life as we know it. Due to its scale and importance, infrastructure is a significant investment for any government or licensed private operator. Murphy Geospatial recognise the importance of our infrastructure, the need to optimise its planning, design and construction, and the need to maximise its safe operational life to support our economy.