Welcome to the ORFEUS Project


What is the ORFEUS project

ORFEUS was a full scale EU-financed demonstration project aiming at progressing the previously developed Horizontal Directional Drilling drill tip Radar that was proven under the preceding project entitled “Optimised Radar to Find Every Utility in the Street” to a commercial stage. The EU project completed in March 2015, for further information on the ORFEUS system contact info@orfeus.org

What we do


Technical refinement, laboratory and field testing, technical specification and prototype system validation


Demonstrate a unique, high performance, commercially viable product that will increase significantly the HDD use

Promotion & Networking

Technical conferences, workshops & co-operation with utilities, HDD industry, standardisation bodies, research organisations, other end users

Exploitation & Sales

The consortium published a questionnaire seeking the views of interested parties on the ORFEUS technology. You are kindly invited to fill it in.

Our Publications

Technical Papers

Interim research and demonstration findings will be presented at technical conferences devoted to no-dig technologies and microwave engineering and will be published in journals.

Tutorials and prototype demonstrations

Video clips to demonstrate the drill tip radar system in field conditions as well as multimedia information on project results.


Publication of regular newsletters and project related dissemination material.

ORFEUS radar-guided Horizontal Directional Drill

Assembly of ORFEUS radar-guided Horizontal Directional Drill

Latest News


Upcoming Events

ORFEUS session in the CzSTT-20th Conference on Trenchless Technology, Třeboň, 15 September 2015, 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm.

Download Flyer

The ORFEUS presentation flyer gives an overview of the objectives, activities and main actors of the project.

ORFEUS Newsletter

The ORFEUS Newsletter No. 1 presents the project progress in the radar development and drill string communications and includes an interview on the ORFEUS radar market potential.

ORFEUS presentation

The presentation “Radar in the underworld – a tale of two projects” was made by Mr. Howard Scott, OSYS technology Ltd at IET Colloquium, at University College London on 17 February 2014.