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An Ontology of Soil Properties and Processes

Lookup NU author(s): Hongbo Du, Dr Ross Stirling, Professor Barry Clarke



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Assessing the Underworld (ATU) is a large interdisciplinaryUK research project addressing urban infrastructure challenges, espe-cially how to make streetworks more ecient and sustainable. One ofthe key challenges it addresses is integrated inter-asset maintenance. Asthe assets on the surface of the ground (e.g. pavements) and those buriedunder it (e.g. pipes and cables) are supported by the ground, the prop-erties and processes of soil a ect the performance of these assets to asigni cant degree. In order to make integrated decisions, it is necessaryto combine the knowledge and expertise in multiple areas, such as roads,soil, buried assets, sensing, etc. This requires an underpinning knowledgemodel, in the form of an ontology. Within this context, we present a newontology for describing soil properties (e.g. soil strength) and processes(e.g. soil compaction), as well as how they a ect each other. This on-tology can be used to express how the ground a ects and is a ected byassets buried under the ground or on the ground surface. The ontologyis written in OWL 2 and openly available from the University of Leedsdata repository:

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Author(s): Du H, Dimitrova V, Magee D, Cohn A, Stirling R, Curioni G, Clarke B, Reeves H

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 15th International Semantic Web Conference

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 30-37

Online publication date: 23/09/2016

Acceptance date: 01/07/2016

Date deposited: 01/11/2016


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ISBN: 9783319465463