Memorandum from the Department for Transport
REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/3217)
1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the
Explain the purpose and effect of regulation 3(3)
and, in particular, explain the meaning of "the measured
position" and "the recorded position.
2. Regulation 3(3) sets out the level of accuracy
which is required in the record kept by the undertaker. Creating
the record involves measuring the actual position of the apparatus
in the ground and then transferring that measurement onto one
of the records allowed for by regulation 3. While the actual position
of the apparatus on the ground can be measured to one level of
accuracy, once that measurement is transferred onto a record which
has a smaller scale than 1 to 1 the same level of accuracy cannot
be sustained, although the more accurate data captured by the
measurement can be kept as a separate file.
3. Regulation 3(3) therefore provides for a lower
level of accuracy for the position put on the formal record, i.e.
the recorded position, than it does for the measurement of that
position, i.e. the measured position. The description of the position
as "recorded" in one case and "measured" in
another accords with industry practice, and reflects the extensive
consultation undertaken on these Regulations with both street
authorities and utilities, who are the primary users of the Regulations.
7 February 2003