Dublin City Council (DCC) is responsible for the spatial planning; many social services and the infrastructure for the Irish Republic’s Capital City; it also delivers services (including fire brigade and civil defence) for the Greater Dublin region which contains 40% of the population of Ireland and much of the central government functions and commercial life. DCC employs over 6000 people with its headquarters on Wood Quay on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin. Dublin port is the single biggest gateway to the country. The DCC staff is also responsible for the delivery of much of the water and wastewater services for the region.
The population of the DCC administrative area is just over half a million, however as the Capital City upwards of one million people move in and out of the city every day.
DCC is also the designated Roads Authority under Irish Law. As such it is responsible for the licensing of all road works within its administrative boundaries. This led to the development of the first on-line interactive road works control system in Europe in the early 2000’s.
Any advancement in utility installation technology would be to the advantage of all participants in the Utility Usage Equation, i.e. the Utility, the Contractor, the Customer and the Roads Authority. To this end DCC is an eager participant in the ORFEUS Project. Most services in Dublin must be placed by open-dig methods only, due to the potential damage caused by Trenchless Technology (TT). As such radar enabled TT would be of great interest.
We anticipate that the new ORFEUS project will develop many new innovative processes to improve TT in the urban/city environment and to deal with conflict with existing services.
More information can be found at: http://www.dublincity.ie/Pages/Welcome/MainPage.htm.