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yet2’s client is seeking technologies that can scan, detect, and map existing underground infrastructure. This equipment needs to generate an accurate 3D picture of utilities below ground prior to the installation of new subsurface infrastructure.


Much of modern essential infrastructure is installed underground, such as water pipes, gas pipelines, and telecommunication cables. When existing infrastructure needs to be repaired or new equipment needs to be installed, it is vital to understand the precise location of infrastructure before digging to avoid expensive repairs or disruption of service. The current method of digging trial trenches can be time and labour intensive. Therefore, our client is seeking new technologies that will help them view the presence or absence of infrastructure underground.

Solutions should:

  • Provide an accurate 3D view of underground infrastructure including materials such as:
    • Copper
    • Steel
    • Aluminium
    • PVC
  •  Detect 1.5 meters or more in depth
  • Provide rapid or real-time results without the need for complex post-processing or extensive calibration methods
  • Able to detect through a range of media such as various soils, rocks, concrete, and asphalt


Solutions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ground-penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Electromagnetic technologies
  • Acoustic sensing
  • Novel surveying methods


Desired outcome of the solution:

Partnership with a company offering a commercial or soon-to-be commercial solution. Earlier-stage technologies are also of interest.



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