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Robotics for trenchless applications:

BADGER stands for “RoBot for Autonomous UnDerGround Trenchless OpERations, Mapping and Navigation. The aim of this EU funded three-year research project is to develop the first autonomous robotic system which can independently locate, map and navigate underground and is equipped with special drilling tools to install horizontal and vertical pipeline networks. In addition to robotics, further trendsetting technologies such as sensor fusion, odometry, georadar and machine learning play a vital role in the project.

The BADGER consortium (cw, from left): Sebastian Fischer (TRACTO-TECHNIK), Carlos Balaguer, Santiago Martinez de la Casa (UMC3), Markus Hamers (TRACTO-TECHNIK), Elisabeth Menéndez (UMC3), Alex Regrettier (Robotnik), Panagiotis Vartholomeos (SingularLogic), Raúl Molina (Robotnik), Antonios Lalas (IDS Georadar), Carme de Andrés (UMC3).

The consortium, which was founded in January 2017, is constituted of seven partners from science, research and industry. The BADGER project coordinator is Carlos Balaguer, Professor of the RoboticsLab at the University Carlos III of Madrid (UCM3). Further members are researchers from the University of Glasgow and the Information Technologies Institute from Greece as well as delegates from the companies IDS Georadar from Italy, SingularLogic from Greece, Robotnik Automation from Spain and from TRACTO-TECHNIK. The participation in the project came about upon recommendation of the company IDS which already successfully cooperated with TRACTO-TECHNIK in the likewise EU-funded ORFEUS project.

The consortium meets four times a year at the single members’ locations to exchange on the latest research results and the progress of the project. Beside these technical meetings, also unscheduled informational meetings take place in random order. So did the visit to TRACTO-TECHNIK. Upon invitation by Sebastian Fischer, who represents TRACTO-TECHNIK as project manager in the BADGER project next to Meinolf Rameil and Markus Hamers, the consortium met on June 21 at the technology centre in Lennestadt-Langenei to learn more about the different trenchless drilling methods and the machine technology.

The consortium members were enthused by the innovative NODIG systems manufactured by TRACTO-TECHNIK and could take along a lot of valuable knowledge for their research work.

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