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The following is a limited list of projects provided to give an overview of PipeHawk's portfolio. The list is limited due to the commercial sensitivity of current and imminent projects, but will be expanded as projects become re-classified for general release.


  NYGAS Handheld Radar
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MINEREC
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LOTUS
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GEODE
  Provision of Guidelines for the installation of Wind Turbines near Aeronautical Radio Stations   Wind Farms and their Impact upon Radar Aviation Interests
  WATERPIPE    


NYGAS Handheld/Portable Radar Device    
 

Information relating to this project is classified as commercially sensitive and in accordance has been restricted in detail.

   
Project Summary: The project is commissioned by NyGas (New York Gas), now known as North East Gas Association (NEGAS) and is to develop a handheld GPR radar from the current PipeHawk II radar, but having the following characteristics:
     
  - lightweight so that it can be carried for a reasonable period of time.
  - air coupled antenna as opposed to ground contact antenna used in most GPR systems.
  - low power consumption allowing use of smaller battery and extended periods of field operations
  - control systems to be boom mounted as opposed to cart mounted as in most GPR systems/
  - operator to use a sweeping action as opposed to the usual linear scanning.
  - compliance with recent FCC Pt 15-F Radio Licensing Regulations.
     
  The outcome of the first phase (9 months) of the project was the design of a new air coupled antenna and proof of concept of the system. The outcome of the second phase (9 months) is the build of a prototype light enough to be operated as a handheld and possessing most of the functionality of the final product.
     
Project Status: Field testing of protoype (US,UK)
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LOTUS  
   
Project Number: EU/Esprit/29812
Project Title: Light Ordnance detection by Teleoperated Unmanned System
Project Acronym: LOTUS
Keywords: High Performance Computing and Networking, Humanitarian Demining
Technical: Multi-sensor Data Fusion, Teleoperated Vehicle
Uses: Survey of Minefields for Clearance, Quality Assurance for Mine Clearance
Industrial Applications: Humanitarian Demining
Duration: 36 months
Project Status: Successful completion
     
Description:

The objective of the LOTUS project is to develop, integrate and demonstrate a proof of concept of a multi sensor APL detection system integrated on a robotic remote controlled vehicle. The remote control will radically improve safety of demining operations while vehicle based multi sensor detection combined with powerful data fusion will lead to more productive humanitarian mine detection operations.

The sensors are Multi-Spectral and Multi-Dimensional: Ground Penetrating Radar, Infra Red, Metal detector, and have been studied in the on-going GEODE project. They will be further improved and adapted to a remote controlled vehicle as well as the data fusion and the computer architecture, to handle efficient real time operations.

     
   
     
Project Summary:

After taking over the technical lead from Thomson-Detexis it became manned. This was the most recent mine detection project which led to the successful Bosnian Mine Detection trial in Vidovice in Aug 2002. The MINEREC GPR array was used with a metal detector array from Foerster GmBh, and an Infra-red camera from TNO-FEL in an integrated real time sensor suite. The data from all three sensors was analysed in real time, fused and used to drive a ground marking system. In the trial in Bosnia, organised by Demira, a German NGO, the vehicle drove along the test lanes and all the mines were marked as the vehicle passed by. By combining the output from different sensors the false alarm rate, the major waste of demining resources, was dramatically reduced.

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MINEREC      
 
Project Number: EU/Esprit4
Project Title: Demonstration of real time mine recognition procedures analysing GPR data on Europro
Project Acronym: MINEREC
Keywords:

High Performance Computing and Networking, Real Time Mine Recognition, Real Time GPR Data Analysis

Technical: High Added-Value Applications of Real-Time Embedded Systems
Industrial Applications: Humanitarian Demining
Duration: 18 months
Project Status: Successful completion
   
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Project Summary:

For the MINEREC project, an extensive GPR array specifically for the detection of minimum metal, or "plastic" anti-personnel mines was designed, built and tested. The insidious nature of these small objects (50mm) and the large areas that need to be searched demand a highly productive but reliable detection system.

The MINEREC GPR was conceived as one of an array of four modules that would allow a vehicle to search a swathe 3m wide at a few km/hr. The design significantly raised the performance of GPR systems. The array used antenna elements of a unique design that had un precedented wide band performance. The antenna array consisted of sixteen such elements each with a transmit and receive capability, allowing sixty four channels of detailed radar data to be collected.

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GEODE
 
Project Number: EU/Esprit/26337
Project Title: Ground Explosive Ordnance Detection System
Project Acronym: GEODE
Keywords: Mine Detection, Data Fusion
Technical: Data Fusion, High Performance Computing
Uses: Demining
Industrial Applications: Demining Systems, Real-time Applications, Embedded Systems
Duration: 15 months
Project Status: Successful completion
   
Description:

The objective of the GEODE project (Ground Explosive Ordnance DEtection system) is to demonstrate advanced architecture and fusion software for multi-sensor detection, localisation and classification of Anti-Personnel Landmines (APL); by combining complementary sensors and using innovative processing techniques, GEODE will demonstrate a higher detection probability than currently achieved by existing systems, a lower false alarm rate and a capability to classify the various detected objects.

It is widely admitted that more than 100 million mines have been laid all over the world and that, at the current rate of manual demining operations, it would take hundreds of years to clear the earth; therefore, the requirement for an efficient way to detect, localise and classify mines which will speed up demining while making it safer is obvious. However, the severe operational conditions (variety of terrains, vegetation, APL nature and mining patterns, environment) and the requirement to maintain a high level of performance independently from the observation conditions leads necessarily to a high performance system.

   
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Project Summary: This project presented an early demonstration of the ability of radar to reliably detect small plastic objects such as anti-personnel mines. The project allowed a four channel mine detection radar to be built and tested detecting mines.
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Guidelines for the Installation of Wind Turbines near Aeronautical Radio Stations
   
Project Summary:

This project was carried out under contract to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The combination of the dimensions of the turbines, and the Doppler Shift generated by their high blade tip dimensions potentially generates unusual sources of electomagnetic interfernce to sensitive aeronautical radio services.

It involved the modelling of the interaction of radio signals with wind turbines. Subsequently, the modelling was validated by measurements upon an antenna range. With validated predictions of the possible effects of wind turbines the guidelines were formulated, and have been issued by the CAA as their recommendation.

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Wind Farms and their Impact upon Radar Aviation Interests
   
Project Summary: Project based upon the requirement to understand the signals scattered by underground targets, the Company has established a capability to predict the scattering from a wide range of targets. For Future Energy Systems (FES) this capability was applied to conventional "through the air" radar systems, to aid in determining the influence of new wind turbine installations.
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WATERPIPE
   
Project Summary:

Pipehawk forms part of the consortium working on the development of an Integrated High Resolution Imaging Ground Penetrating Radar & Decision Support System, for the rehabilitation of water pipes.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission and runs from November 2006 - October 2009.

Further details can be found at www.waterpipe-eu.org/

 

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