ORFEUS project came to an end

ORFEUS project ended today after 3 years of co-operation. The ORFEUS consortium has demonstrated a robust and efficient ground penetrating radar system mounted on the tip of a modified, conventional, commercial Horizontal Directional Drilling rig. In addition to extensive laboratory tests it has been shown that such technology can be used operationally in a range of challenging urban environments.

Data and power can be delivered in real time, and the system can be operated without significantly delaying the drilling process. The radar has detected, and avoided unmapped objects and has also confirmed the position of pre mapped objects.

In addition, a DIN standard now provides a clear framework for use of such ‘drill assisting’ technology within a mix of normal utility street works. There is also a clear engineering path to making such systems fit for production use.

The ORFEUS consortium would like to acknowledge the valuable support, advice and encouragement of the European Commission in this work which was part of the 7th framework programme.

Please click here to download the outputs/deliverables of the project.