Jun 2014
Gas Distribution
Long handled PE Top Tee Cutter
NIA_SGN0033
Complete
Jun 2014
Jun 2016
SGN
Alex Stewart, Innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Repair
Gas Distribution Networks
£19,547.00
The scope of this project is to investigate and develop a tool to provide a safer, more user friendly and efficient method of commissioning a polyethylene top tee without having a detrimental effect on the integrity of the top tee.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Reduce the cost of relaying a service
  • Reduce the amount of excavation and reinstatement required
  • Remove the operative from the confined space to reduce the risk from any gas release
  • Create a tool that reduces the impact of negotiating third party plant in the working area
  • Incorporate in the design a piece of tooling that can be used in conjunction with the new core and vacuum excavation technology
The successful development of the PE Top tee cutter will be determined by the following targets being met:

  • A tool that will improve the position of the operative and reduce the risk of working in a confined space

  • Gain independent external approval confirming the new design does not have a detrimental affect on the integrity of the PE Top tee.

  • A reduction in the amount of excavation required to relay or connect a service

  • A product that can be used in conjunction with the core and vac technology

  • A reduction in the quantity of third party damages caused due to the reduction in excavation taking place, and the impact that the third party plant has on the commissioning of a service