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In-pipe flexible robot for water pipes inspection

Objective

Recent studies surprisingly estimate the losses in European Water Distribution Networks to an average of around 30 to 40%, peaking to more than 50% in some Eastern European countries. It is clear that the economic impact and scarcity of public water sources mandate the development of a systemic leakage control program; while this would seem the most intuitive and feasible approach, currently no technology is reliable enough to be used to pinpoint every source of leak. To solve this issue, the TRACT project will introduce to the market an advanced water pipe monitoring system, consisting in a transport mechanism containing sensors for leakage detection and pipe condition monitoring, which can navigate and inspect water pipe structures of various diameter without the necessary precondition of shutting the process down.
This valuable output of the TRACT project will be made available to water utilities clients through the successful delivery of the following Scientific and Technological Objectives: 1)Sensor system along with sensor fusion algorithms which allow the inspection robot to detect and locate pipe damages, leakages, and scaling; 2)Software for mapping the pipeline network; 3)Pipe entry mechanism for a “hot tapping” drilling process, which will allow the inspection robot to enter water pipes without the need for shutting the pipes down;4) Transport mechanism which can carry the sensor system and navigate through water pipes in the range of 100 mm – 600 mm, covering the dimensional range of the majority of existing water supply pipes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

SUBCTECH GMBH
Address
Wellseedamm 1-3
24145 Kiel
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 491 214,25
Administrative Contact
Saskia Heckmann (Ms.)

Participants (7)

EMMA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 007
Address
Ringstrasse 54 24
24103 Kiel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Volz (Mr.)
BREIVOLL INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 330 208,50
Address
Fr Nansens Plass 6 Inngang Nord
9253 Tromso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arne Christian Vangdal (Mr.)
TOPSONIC UAB
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 86 019,75
Address
Kovo 11 Osios Gatve 130 A
50128 Kaunas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juras Kesylis (Mr.)
ACQUALATINA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 6 550,50
Address
Viale Pier Luigi Nervi Centro C Le
04100 Latina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Marocco (Mr.)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sture Holmstrøm (Mr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Torrisi (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON
Spain
Address
Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Isabel Villarig (Mrs.)