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Robotic Mapping and Instalation System for Subsurface Utility Relocation (Phase 2)

Description :  

In this project, in collaboration with Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), TTC shall develop and deliver the following capabilities based on the concept of the magnetic-dipolar-based multi-transceiver drill head tracking system, investigated by TTC in Phase I:

  1. The aboveground tracking system shall be able to quantify the deviation of the aboveground host platform (UGV) from the underground receiver antenna unity with respect to its longitudinal and lateral axes;

  2. The aboveground tracking system shall be able to identify the precise distance between the aboveground host platform (UGV) and the underground receiver antenna unit;

  3. The aboveground tracking system shall be able to identify the precise depth of the underground receiver antenna unit from the ground surface;

  4. The aboveground tracking system shall be able to identify the precise pitch of the underground receiver antenna unit;

  5. The underground receiver antenna along with its circuit board, battery and other necessary electronic components shall fit inside a COTS HDD drill head typically used in urban HDD constructions today; the TTC shall deliver an actual HDD drill head or a model of it to demonstrate that capability;

  6. If Capabilities 2, 3 and 4 above are not attainable, TTC shall deliver a new COTS HDD sonde/locator system and its application programming interface (API) or other means for the IAI’s software module to be able to receive and process the real-time data (all the information that is presentable to the user from its console) from the COTS HDD sonde and locator; In this case, the sonde shall also occupy the space inside a COTS HDD drill head along with the underground receiver components described in Capability 5.


Principal Investigator:  Jaganathan, Arun  --  Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology
Collaborators:  
Funding Agencies:  DOT, Intelligent Automation
Amount Awarded:  200,000

Start Period:  00/00/0000 End Period:  00/00/0000
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June 25th, 2017

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