ATU-DSS: Knowledge-driven data integration and reasoning for sustainable subsurface inter-asset management

Lijun Wei, Heshan Du, Quratul Ain Mahesar, Barry Clarke, Derek R. Magee, Vania Dimitrova, David Gunn, David Entwisle, Helen Reeves, Anthony G. Cohn

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Urban infrastructure assets perform critical functions to the health and well-being of the society. In this paper, we present a prototype decision support system for sustainable subsurface inter-asset management. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this work is the first on assessing the underground space by considering the inter-asset dependencies using semantic technologies. Based on a family of interlinked city infrastructure asset ontologies describing the ground, roads and buried utilities (e.g. water pipes), various datasets are integrated and logical rules are developed to describe the intra-asset and inter-asset relationships. An inference engine is employed to exploit the knowledge and data for assessing the potential impact of an event. This system can be beneficial to a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. utility incident managers) for quickly gathering of the localised contextual data and identifying potential consequences from what may appear as an insignificant trigger. A video demonstrating the prototype is available at:

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web
Subtitle of host publicationESWC 2018 Satellite Events - ESWC 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAldo Gangemi, Anna Lisa Gentile, Heiko Paulheim, Maria Maleshkova, Sebastian Rudolph, Jeff Z. Pan, Mehwish Alam, Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319981918
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event15th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2018 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 Jun 20187 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11155 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2018


  • Decision support system
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic technologies
  • Subsurface infrastructure
  • Sustainable streetworks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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