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An augmented reality solution that uses GIS data to visualise underground infrastructure and has the potential to revolutionise the way users view and manage their assets is the need of the hour D isruptive technologies or disruptive innovations are the technological advances that fundamentally change a market or industry, often by displacing an existing technolo- gy. Disruptive innovation is all around us, and has brought about many changes. Wireless technology fundamental- ly changed the nature of communications and now, many tasks are completed by machines. For instance, routine sew- er inspections are now being completed using CCTV and other methods of remote inspection, reducing the need for workers to venture into the system. Advances in renewables such as solar PV and energy storage seem poised to trans- form the electricity industry in future. In the information age, as industry becomes data-intensive, many disruptive technologies take the digital route. In its report — Digital 36 / Geospatial World / April 2015 Disruption – Short fuse, big bang? — Deloitte suggests that many Australian companies face a huge shake-up from emerging digital technologies in the coming three years. Digital disruption is driving the next wave of technological evolution, and the utility sector is no exception. Shaking up the utility locating sector Utility location technologies have undergone various phases of innovation. Understanding underground assets is becoming increasingly important for utilities. In the past, we have seen a move away from relying solely on manual records and from more destructive methods of determining asset locations, such as exploratory digging or potholing. Non-invasive surveying technologies like ground penetrating radar (GPR), sonding technology, radio detection and electromagnetic induction