Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) at the University of Twente. The project I am working on is called 'Modelling subsurface infrastructure by developing a domain ontology'.
An important step towards reduction of damages to utilities and careful excavation is to have an accurate view about the information of the existing utilities and subsurface infrastructure. At this moment, a standard for the classification of the subsurface objects is missing. Operators and owners classify and name similar objects in different ways. This leads to confusion and misunderstandings at the preparation and execution of works. Especially now, as a next step is made in mapping of the subsurface utilities, is it necessary to make agreements about how objects are classified and which data elements are used to describe them. Such a standard is also called an ‘ontology’ in the information science. With a good and useful ontology the preparation, planning and execution of works in the future can be arranged more precise.