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Promoting Public Safety by Understanding, Predicting and Preventing Manhole Events

April 26, 2017

Manhole events are a growing problem; more than 2,000 events occur in the U.S. every year. In the worst cases, a flying manhole cover from an explosion can cause injury or even death. This tragic human cost is accompanied by mitigation and repair costs estimated at $100,000 and higher per manhole. Additionally, there are uncapped expenses for litigation, unwanted media attention and public relations.

An article by Dr. Mark Newton, vice president, engineering was featured by the Western Energy Institute on the importance of understanding, predicting and preventing manhole events.

Learn more:

  • Anatomy of a manhole event
  • Active ventilation
  • Water-controlling covers
  • Smart monitoring and alerts

About the author

Mark Newton, Ph.D., Novinium

Mark Newton, vice president of engineering at Novinium, has more than 17 years at W.L. Gore & Associates as Research Leader, Global Core Group Leader, and Global Technology Leader. He is a senior member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Instrumentation Society of America (ISA). Dr. Newton has 10 publications, 6 patents. B.Eng. Aerospace Engineering and Business, Kingston University. Ph.D. Environmental Physiology, University of Portsmouth.