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Gateway Building, University of Bournemouth

The Problem: The University of Bournemouth’s plans to build a landmark building were potentially hampered by a lack of knowledge about existing utilities and foundations relating to former buildings on the site.

The Challenges

  • The accurate location of existing utilities needed.

  • The survey had to comply to PAS 128 Utility Standard.

  • There were former buildings on site. Although historic plans existed, there were no records of how much of the foundations remained.

  • The site was a working car park and had to remain open.


The Solution

  • SUMO conducted a SUMO 128 Plus+ survey.

  • This is an advance level PAS 128 Survey which includes:

    • A full Utility survey compliant to PAS 128 level B M4P.

    • An additional full area survey with a high density radar.

    • Data collected every 8cm to locate below ground foundations.

  • SUMO completed the whole survey within 3 days, minimising disruption to the site.

  • The survey was carried out in 3 phases to allow the car park to continue operating


Above : Historic map showing previous buildings on the site


The Costs and Benefits

  • The survey cost less than £6,500.

  • It avoided the need for trial holes to locate both utilities and foundations.

  • The data obtained meant that the design could be reviewed to minimise cost.

  • Planning permission was granted in August 2018, to the client's delight!


“A very big thank you for responding to my survey query in such a professional and timely manner. Thank you and for addressing the situation with email communications, a return visit to site to undertake the additional work requested and a revised drawing issue the following week. The results are very useful in progressing design work. Your efforts are very much appreciated.”


Martin Sayers, AECOM

Survey techniques used in this case study...


PAS 128 Utility Survey




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