Preventing Excavation Damage

GTI is working to prevent damage from excavation activity by introducing new technologies. We partnered with PG&E to bring pre-commercial Optimized Radar to Find Every Utility in the Street (ORFEUS) technology to the U.S. for live field evaluations. The real-time radar obstacle detection system for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) was developed in Europe with funding support from the European Union.

During testing, the ORFEUS technology was able to successfully detect plastic and steel gas lines, electric conduit, and a sewer main. GTI is continuing to assist with further technology development to help bring the product to market with a multimillion dollar funded program by PHMSA and OTD to advance the technology and conduct field tests with operators.

“This system is a huge step forward in improving safe digging in built-up areas.”

Aaron Rezendez, Gas Engineer, PG&E


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