The invention integrates the functionality of: kerbs, gutters, pathways, into a surface accessible networked utility ducting system and a a rain and run-off water management system.
It is comprised of a base section formed a combination of one or more open topped utility access channels, an open topped water catchment channel, a slopped flange and one or more open sided access and or open topped feeder line distribution channels.
The invention includes features for the isolation of electric power channels from contact with other utilities such as gas, water, or communications.
The invention includes features for, integration with existing stormwater systems such as overflow points.
The invention provides utilities access pathway all the way to an end users premises with minimal need for digging or disturbance of footpaths or paved surfaces this is a major improvement upon the prior art which tranforms the economics of surface accessible utility ducting systems.
The invention includes covers, which are interchangeable, may take various forms, such as a pavement and kerb, a driveway ramp or a wheel chair access ramp. This allows the invention to be economically adapted to changes in kerb requirements as changes to the pathways and kerbs occur along their length and as requirements change over time, this solves the problems associated with the prior art which can not be readily adapted to all the variations found in kerbs and gutters along the length of the kerb and pavement or as they occur over time.
The invention enables rain and run-off water to be isolated from contamination and managed to preserve its value and usefulness.
The invention lowers the cost of, and, increases the speed, of new service deployment thereby overcoming the major economic barriers to market entry of new distributed utility services.
The invention is to be manufactured in most cases as precast modules. The channels, lids, access boxes are linked by flexible interstitial joints which enable the system so formed to change direction to conform with the contours of the landscape in which it is located. In most cases the material of construction will be a dense, reinforced material such as concrete. When so constructed the invention will resist the effects of earthquakes, cyclones, flooding, tornados, and tsunamis.