A prototype of an intelligent underground robotic system for urban environments has been developed

Badger, a 3-metre-extended drilling robotic consisting of a drilling head, two clamping modules and two propulsion and steering modules. Picture credit: UC3M.

It is believed that close to five hundred,000 civil functions for the set up of wiring, piping and other compact-diameter underground scoring are carried out in Europe each and every year. These functions are ordinarily carried out by opening a ditch, extending the pipeline, then filling in the ditch. “The gain of this robotic is that it is possible to carry out the same drilling operate without having possessing to open up a ditch, which helps prevent sounds, air pollution and inconvenience for citizens”, the researcher notes.

Inside the framework of this project, funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Investigation, Technological Growth and Innovation (GA 731968) and in which experts from Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom are participating, the process has been examined under laboratory circumstances. In specific, a number of underground drilling checks on land in northern Germany as well as in the Local community of Madrid have been carried out.

The process prototype has caught the awareness of the personal sector, of both equally European and north American businesses, and is currently continuing to be produced with the intention of starting off checks in genuine city environments. Researchers estimate that it could be ready to operate in cities inside of two to three yrs.

“The use of revolutionary localisation, mapping and navigation strategies, together with sensors and geo-radars, lets the units to be adapted to different fields”, describes the project coordinator Carlos Balaguer, professor at the UC3M’s Department of Techniques Engineering and Automation and 1 of the directors of the RoboticsLab. Introducing these advanced robotic systems which have cognitive and handle abilities has various possible applications, adds Professor Balaguer: “It will raise Europe’s aggressive edge in lookup and rescue functions (landslides), mining, civil applications (such as drinking water, gas, fibre optics strains), exploration strategies, mapping, etc”.

Source: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid