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Operational Radar For Every drill string Under the Street

Objective

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) offers significant benefits for urban environments by minimising the disruption caused by street works. Use of the technique demands an accurate knowledge of underground utility assets and other obstructions in the drill path.
This proposal is to progress the prototype HDD bore-head radar technology developed under the project ORFEUS to a commercial stage.

ORFEUS (“Optimised Radar to Find Every Utility in the Street”) was a 6th Framework collaborative research project. One of its aims was to design a prototype innovative ground probing radar (GPR) based real-time obstacle detection system to increase the safety margins of HDD to allow its use in the widest possible range of conditions. A successful outcome was a working, rigorously tested, prototype “bore-head GPR”. Most of the objectives of ORFEUS were fulfilled, with results in crucial areas giving confidence to carry out further development to produce a commercial system.
Unresolved technical issues requiring further work are associated with the optimum antenna configuration and electrical/mechanical interface to the disposable drill head; identification and validation of the most effective bore-head GPR data processing algorithms; validation of performance, and ruggedisation of the data communication link; validation of performance, and ruggedisation of the connector systems.

Extensive testing and validation, as well as supporting the demonstration and exploitation of the final product, is proposed. The crucial testing and evaluation phase will assess the risks, confirm environmental benefits and increase end users’ (public authorities and industry) confidence, awareness and uptake of this new technology.

Technology transfer, training and standardisation, in cooperation with European standards organisations, will also be a significant element of the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

OSYS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Address
Benton Road 391 Four Lane Ends
NE7 7EE New Castle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Howard Scott (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 428 463

Participants (10)

I.D.S. - INGEGNERIA DEI SISTEMI - S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 561 590
Address
Via Enrica Calabresi 24
56121 Pisa

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria-Elena Frassi (Ms.)
EURAM LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 500
Address
Lucy Tower Street Tower House
LN1 1XW Lincoln

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Barnett (Dr.)
ENGIE
France
EU contribution
€ 205 366
Address
1 Place Samuel De Champlain
92400 Courbevoie

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Hardy (Mr.)
TRACTO TECHNIK GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 343 271
Address
Paul Schmidt Strasse 2
57368 Lennestadt

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Meinolf Rameil (Mr.)
VILKOGRAD NIZKE GRADNJE DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 104 291
Address
Zlatece Pri Sentjurju 8 A
3230 Sentjur

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Viljem Kolar (Mr.)
MICHAEL*STUART FARRIMOND MICHAEL*STUART
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 489
Address
Grovesnor Crescent 8
LE10 2BQ Hinckley Leicestershire

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Administrative Contact
Michael Farrimond (Dr.)
EXERGIA ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 266 535
Address
15 Voukourestiou Str
106 71 Athina

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Administrative Contact
George Vlondakis (Dr.)
FLORENCE ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 283 947
Address
Via Ugo Corsi 41
50141 Florence

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Administrative Contact
Devis Dei (Dr.)
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 74 050
Address
Wood Quay Civic Offices Floor 1 Block 4
D08 RF3F Dublin 8

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Derek Dixon (Mr.)
J & P GEO SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 92 265
Address
Avenue Marechal Lyautey Les Hauts De Talabot Parc Talab 9
13007 Marseille

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Administrative Contact
Pierre Salmona (Mr.)