A Multi-Sensory Approach to 3-D Mapping of Underground Utilities

L. Bernold, L. Venkatesan, S. Suvarna
2002 Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC)   unpublished
The demand for new buried utilities, such as gas, power and fiber-optic communication lines is growing with new construction, re-construction, and the growth of the communication infrastructure worldwide. Because the machinery for placing the new utilities underground, such as backhoe excavators, trenchers, augers, drills, and plows, don't "feel" when they are getting close to already buried object, utilities are easily damaged. Despite great efforts in locating existing utilities before a
more » ... actor is allowed to dig, accidents occur. This paper will present a novel technology for detecting and locating buried utilities that attaches to the digging equipment and utilizes both EMI (Electromagnetic Induction) and a GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar). The newest effort involves the development and performance analysis of algorithms to detect and extract the features and characteristics of these utilities, such as their orientation, diameters etc. One prime focus is to minimize the percentage of false alarms. For that purpose, the two sensor systems are fused to create a multi-sensory approach to 3-D mapping of all the utilities without a priori knowledge of their location
doi:10.22260/isarc2002/0082 fatcat:ox4ymnd3evdxrjn4ayqnzye5iu