Cable and Pipeline Information Platform (CPIP)
Our CPIP platform allows public works contractors and other construction companies to request detailed information about underground cables and pipes. This information allows them to avoid material damage and life-threatening situations.
Specifically, this involves:
- making underground cables and pipes visible
- helping to prevent excavation damage
- facilitating data retrieval and sharing on a single platform
- facilitating data exchange between cable and pipeline network operators, excavators, governments, project developers, contractors, ...
CPIP gathers and displays data on cables and pipes
Cable and Pipeline Information Platform (CPIP) is a digital data-sharing platform for standardised data exchange. CPIP also offers the means to determine which network operators are active in a particular area in Flanders.
Excavating contractors requesting a plan in CPIP will immediately see which network operators are active in their excavation area and whether they have yet entered notifications of underground pipelines they may expect to encounter.
CPIP is a decentralised platform for processing plan requests. The platform compiles responses from all network operators into one handy digital map featuring all underground infrastructure at the requested location. Cables and pipelines have been divided into categories to allow the user to turn visibility on and off per category for a clear overview.
As much relevant information about each cable and pipeline as possible is made available in CPIP, such as the type of cable or pipeline, diameter, colour, location and so on.
Network operators have been providing standardised information about their cables and pipelines since 2016, ensuring the availability of uniform data that significantly improves the safety level of excavation works.
Solution for safe excavation
600.000 kilometres of underground cables and pipelines for gas, drinking water, electricity, wastewater and the internet have been installed in Flanders. In addition, many private companies have their underground cables or pipes. These facilities should not be subjected to damages during excavation works, whether by digging or piling heavy loads on unsuitable soil.
To exclude risks like these and maximise safety, all contractors must consult the information CPIP provides about the location and all underground cables and pipes before they start digging.
Private individuals intending to dig the soil, for instance, to build a swimming pool or pond or to dig a basement, also have to consult CPIP to check whether and where any underground cables and pipes may be located.