A practical business case in infrastructure
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For decades ground radar has been the great promise for soil mapping, to prevent excavation damage to cables and pipes. Interpreting the radar images, however, is such a painstaking job that VolkerWessels subsidiary MapXact almost stopped using ground radar altogether, until they started working with digital inspectors.
Gerben Roseboom, Managing Director, MapXact
Tens of thousands of coarse-grained radar images are collected by driving a radar cart criss-cross over a terrain.
The Digital Inspector classifies anomalies according to the learned taxonomy of underground cables, pipes, and miscellaneous structures.
Detections are post-processed to follow the path of the radar cart and plotted on a 3d map representation. The output is used to enable safe digging with high certainty.
According to MapXact’s Managing Director, Gerben Roseboom, BrainMatter turns the training into a type of memory game. “The first time you scan the images collected from the ground radar on the platform, you have to validate maybe a thousand images.
BrainMatter provides two options: do I see this, or that? The expert has to make a choice and thus tells the computer step-by-step what he sees and how the image should be interpreted.” The platform will then base its future conclusions on this interpretation. As a result, the expert will be presented with a hundred images next time, in a comparable environment with similar soil condition, and perhaps only ten the next.
“The speed at which experts
can review the data in BrainMatter is incredible” according to Roseboom.
“At MapXact they now have a map back at the office within five minutes
of the completion of the field research. This map is equally reliable
and accurate as the map that used to take three days to complete
depending on the type of soil, the amount of cables and the situation
of the surface. MapXact employees can now be deployed to more
productive tasks including further optimization of the system.”
Digital inspectors streamline infrastructure construction and maintenance
Fast, consistent and accurate inspection of critical assets prevents serious damage and lowers cost
Efficient maintenance of structures, networks and assets starts with regular inspection at low cost
Road inspections are very labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks.