Satellite Mapping

Central Alliance / Utilis Strategic Partnership Brings Revolutionary Research and Development to Satellite Mapping for Asset Management

Press Release:

Date: 27th September 2018

Central Alliance / Utilis Strategic Partnership Brings Revolutionary Research and Development to Satellite Mapping for Asset Management

Central Alliance has entered into a strategic partnership with specialist satellite imaging analysis organisation Utilis Corp. to bring a revolutionary new method of mapping soil properties from space.

The technology has the potential to enable Central Alliance to assist organisations by mapping the ground remotely from space using innovative satellite imaging analysis. The innovative, cutting-edge technology is targeted to highlight issues across areas of land, as well as spot areas that could be prone to earthworks or structure failures.

Data analysis can also help understand the potential impacts of third-party effects and their interaction with critical infrastructure and identify ‘at-risk’ locations, where structures or earthworks could be prone to failure.

Speaking about the strategic partnership and the new mapping service, Richard Pidcock, Joint Managing Director at Central Alliance, said: “Advancements in spaceborne technology are set to revolutionise the way we manage our infrastructure and assets. The ability to map ground properties and third-party impacts ‘remotely’ from space is a result of new to the market processing methods and Utilis’ patented algorithm’s that allow us to use spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites to detect water on Earth.

This is developed from technology used in research to find water on other planets. There are key benefits with this remote technology that enables us to ‘see through’ vegetation and into the ground, day or night and independent of weather conditions.

The analysis will hopefully allow assessments to be made, potential areas of geotechnical instability identified, as well as risk mapping, and impacts on critical infrastructure.

The research and development is aimed at identifying the cause of failures, rather than the effects. As is the case with most land-based monitoring systems, this will mark a significant step forwards in taking preventative action prior to failures occurring.

Much greater areas (70km x 50km approx.) can be monitored using satellite imaging, without the time and resource associated with the traditional methods of field-based inspections and surveys. It also brings significant health and safety benefits and resource efficiencies than ‘Earth-based’ systems.”

Data can be provided stand-alone or as part of a more complete and integrated asset management approach, whereby Central Alliance combines data from various sources (including geology; hydrogeology; hydrology; drainage; utility mapping, examination reports etc) to provide a risk map for critical infrastructure.

The complete solutions-approach offered by Central Alliance, including; topographical and utility surveys; monitoring and investigation, allows CA to offer a complete picture with critical insights provided to clients that can focus resource, initiate preventative action, and inform the design and remediation/construction phases of a project.

For more information about Central Alliance, its partnership with UTILIS Corp., or its remote satellite technology services, please call 01924 229 889 or email

Central Alliance Notes to Editors:

Central Alliance Pre-construction Services Limited (part of the RSK Group) – is the UK’s leading provider of pre-construction and technology led data acquisition services, including surveying and ground investigation to sectors spanning rail, transport, construction, defence, and utilities.

About Utilis:

Utilis is the only patented technology using satellite microwave technology to penetrate soil in the search for drinking water associated with leaking pipes.  As the world’s only drinking water leak detection provider, their algorithm brings remote sensing technologies to the forefront of protecting the earth’s resources.  Headquartered in Israel, with a United States subsidiary in San Diego, CA, Utilis currently provides innovative solutions for utilities around the globe. For more information on Utilis and to learn more about our technology visit

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