The Municipality has developed a mapping tool that combines newly digitized information about the cables, pipes and other critical infrastructure that runs beneath the city’s streets and surface-level geospatial data about the built and natural environments.
The digitization of underground utility data is important to preventing serious damage and delay caused by excavation and construction works. It also enables the city administration to plan more effectively for the impacts of climate change and execute more efficiently public works.
Information about subterranean infrastructure was difficult to access for security reasons, because of the distributed ownership of services across many providers.
For any municipal excavation, to verify location information, a months-long paper-based process had to be conducted with over 40 entities.
Now the Municipality is collecting and digitizing all public and private data about the city underground and bringing it all together on a digital mapping tool, complete with layers of surface-level information.
Milan is among the first cities in the world to provide a complete digital picture of the urban dimension below ground.