The local “call-before-you-dig” (CBYD) initiatives in the Netherlands, Belgium and Flanders have seen several changes over the last years, both from a legal point of view as from a technical point of view. In short, all network owners are required to send the location of their network assets when there will be potential underground works, in order to guarantee the safety of the workforce and those underlying assets.
The Netherlands – KLIC-WION
Miguel Hartogs, senior Geo-ICT Consultant at Merkator BV explains: “Since 2011 GeoMerk serves network owners in the Netherlands to comply with the Dutch KLIC-WION initiative. Several network owners (utilities and municipalities) joined the GeoMerk platform as a robust SaaS solution to solve the legal implications. GeoMerk automates the workflow, gives more insights in the construction activities near their network, with monthly reports to stay in control and up-to-date.”
In 2015, KLIC-WION was updated to align more with the most recent EU INSPIRE directives. In the course of 2018, KLIC-WION will be updated to KLIC-WIN, the exact release date of this update has been postponed several times by the Government.
Flanders – KLIP Digital
The Flemish Region in Belgium, Flanders, updated the local KLIP decree as of 2016 to become digital and centralized. Merkator embraced this new initiative and extended GeoMerk to comply with the Flemish KLIP Digital legislation. Geert De Coensel, Director at Merkator NV/SA Belgium explains: “As many network owners in Belgium already rely on Merkator for challenging geospatial workflows, the adoption of GeoMerk grew fast. Today we are proud to count several mission critical facilities to our satisfied users of GeoMerk, such as 75% of the Flemish windmill parks both onshore and offshore, 1 harbor, several Seveso impacted industrial sites and more than 25 cities and municipalities.”
Belgium – KLIM-CICC
The Federal CBYD legislation in Belgium, KLIM-CICC, will receive a major update in 2018 with a new future-proof back-end architecture and becomes accessible through powerful API’s. Luc De Heyn, Business Development Manager at Merkator NV/SA explains: “This update enables Merkator to connect the GeoMerk platform tighter to the KLIM-CICC Portal. As such it becomes the first CBYD solution to support network owners in The Netherlands and all three regions of Belgium: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels.“
GeoMerk in numbers
In total, over 85 network owners rely on GeoMerk to comply with the local legislation, 30% of which need to respect to the KLIP legislation. Since the start in 2011, the uptime of the GeoMerk solution has been over 99,98%.
The release of the new KLIM Portal enables another growth opportunity for GeoMerk. Geert De Coensel explains: “The flexible architecture of GeoMerk allows us to connect to other “call-before-you-dig” legislations and standards throughout Europe.“
Merkator currently operates in Belgium and The Netherlands and quickly became a leading Geo-ICT service provider for Network Owners (SmartGrid Operators & Telco Operators) and Governments who manage infrastructure on the public domain. With GeoMerk and Eagle, Merkator emerges as market-leader solving complex geospatial workflows related to legislation of underground infrastructure.