ULC Technologies’ Robotic Underground Survey System Receives RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award


Autonomous Robotic Scanning System Reduces Accidental Damages to Buried Assets and Improves Underground Locating

ULC Technologies LLC, a global leader in robotics engineering and robotics-as-a-service, has received an RBR50 Robotics Innovation for the development of autonomous underground scanning system designed to reduce accidental damages to buried assets. The Robotic Underground Survey System (RUSS) is one of several innovations the company is developing and commercializing within the underground locating, inspection, and remediation industries.

Third-party damage can be caused by damage to electricity, gas, water and sewer, and internet.

ULC Technologies’ RUSS is a semi-autonomous system that assists crews in locating and surveying underground infrastructure to build accurate maps of buried pipelines and cables. Using a lightweight, handheld console, the operator can command the wheeled robot to perform an automated scan in both urban and rural areas. The robot employs a pulseEKKO bi-static antenna allowing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to be deployed with multiple degrees-of-freedom to adjust antenna separation and polarization angles and initiate multiple scanning modes.

“The Robotic Underground Survey System has advanced the art of GPR scanning by changing the way the transmitter and receiver are deployed,” says Aalap Shah, Director of Government Projects at ULC Technologies. “RUSS scans the street surface with greater resolution while simplifying requirements for operator training and generating more consistent survey results.”

The Robotic Underground Survey System project developed using US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration and used GPR technology developed by Sensors & Software, the innovative developer of GPR instrumentation and software.

“ULC Technologies continues to push the state-of-the-art of underground locating, inspection and remediation through the development and deployment of new technologies,” says Steve Green, General Manager of ULC Technologies. “In addition to our growing portfolio of GPR-based solutions, our teams are piloting a ground-breaking robotic excavation solution.”

Both ULC Technologies and Sensors & Software are part of SPX Corporation.


ULC Technologies, LLC

ULC Technologies, LLC. helps utilities, energy companies and industrial sector companies confront the need to repair and maintain their pipelines and infrastructure through the development and commercialization of innovative robotic solutions, unmanned aerial systems, machine learning, and inspection services. Our technologies help companies cause greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce cost. ULC Technologies is part of SPX Corporation.

Learn more about ULC Technologies at https://ulctechnologies.com

Sensors and Software

Sensors & Software Inc. is known worldwide as an innovative ground penetrating radar (GPR) instrumentation and software. Sensors & Software provides GPR solutions for numerous applications, including utility locating, structural assessment, mining and quarrying, forensics, archeology, geology, environmental assessment, glaciology, agriculture, and UXO detection. Our GPR solutions help our customers understand what lies beneath the surface and empower informed decision-making. Sensors & Software joined Radiodetection in November 2020 and is now a part of SPX Corporation.

Learn more about Sensors & Software at https://www.sensoft.ca/

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