IKT – Institute for Underground Infrastructure

How IKT is Responding to the Coronavirus

Posted 20. March 2020
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In view of the progressive spread of the coronavirus, IKT has adopted its own preventive plan. The protection of the health and safety of our customers, employees and their families is our highest priority. For this reason – as far as the activities allow – home working has been provisionally ordered until Easter. All IKT scientists and testing staff will remain fully available to customers and partners via e-mail and…

Coronavirus in Sewers? Don’t Panic! But be Careful.

Posted 06. March 2020
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The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is keeping everyone busy right now. Politicians are advising on measures, companies worry about their supply chains, and wherever cases of infection are reported, people are emptying supermarkets in fear of being confined to home for months.  Sewer network operators and service providers are also worried. They are rightly wondering whether infected people excrete the virus and whether it is…

Lining of Pressure Sewers: Evaluating One of the New Frontiers of Trenchless Technology

Posted 06. September 2019
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Our latest IKT Compare technology evaluation is examining the performance of lining systems for the trenchless rehabilitation of pressure sewers. The aim is to support sewer network operators in the selection of suitable systems and to provide them with certainty when developing tender documents, overseeing installation, accepting the work, and monitoring quality. There is still the opportunity for sewer network owners from other countries to join a partner project to…

International Research Project: IKT Tests Passive Root Protection Measures in a Globally Unique Experimental Setup

Posted 04. September 2019
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Sewers and tree roots—this gets the alarm bells ringing for pipe network operators, because with root ingress, for example into sewers is something they are struggling with almost daily. In other networks, such as district heating, gas or drinking water, the roots around pipes are more problematic, as they can transfer enormous loading during storms, for example. You don’t want roots in the pipe trench and especially within the pipes. …