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RoBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping and navigation

Objective

The goal of the proposed project is the design and development of the BADGER autonomous underground robotic system that can drill, manoeuvre, localise, map and navigate in the underground space, and which will be equipped with tools for constructing horizontal and vertical networks of stable bores and pipelines. The proposed robotic system will enable the execution of tasks that cut across different application domains of high societal and economic impact including trenchless constructions, cabling and pipe installations, geotechnical investigations, large-scale irrigation installations, search and rescue operations, remote science and exploration, and defence applications.
For this purpose, BADGER will deliver a highly innovative robotic system by integrating research into all required novel technical advances. BADGER will integrate innovative mechatronic concepts with robust industrial drilling tools to yield advanced manoeuvrability and motion capability; will integrate perception, localisation and mapping techniques in order to sense map and interpret the surrounding underground environment; the system will merge collected underground data with legacy digital maps to plan and track the motion of the robot with respect to physical landmarks. The robotic system actions and reactions will be governed by the cognition component which makes decisions on task execution, path planning and motion planning. Finally, the robotic system will be capable to manage and intelligently combine the massive data gathered during underground operation so as to continuously improve its perception and cognition abilities whilst also providing human users the means to store, process and analyse this data, thus enabling the efficient off-line planning and on-line remote monitoring and control of the overall operation process.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Address
Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 829 721,94

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 600 536,25
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 525 000
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
IDS GEORADAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 432 124,23
Address
Via Giosue Carducci 32
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINGULARLOGIC ANONYMI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON KAI EFARMOGONPLIROFORIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 591 050
Address
Achaias 3 & Troizinias
14564 Nea Kifisia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRACTO TECHNIK GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 571,08
Address
Paul Schmidt Strasse 2
57368 Lennestadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Carrer De Barcelona, 3-A. P.i. Fuente Del Jarro
46988 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)