MapXact and Gasunie are working on a ground-radar technology that will be able to produce a clear, comprehensive 3D display of underground infrastructure that anyone could understand. On Wednesday, 27 June, Gerben Roseboom (MapXact) and Wim van Grunderbeek (Gasunie) received the ‘Industry Choice Award’ at WGC 2018 in Washington.
215 innovations from 90 countries
Earlier it was announced that the ground-penetrating radar was also the winner in the ‘Digital and Smart Solutions’ category. A total of 215 innovations contended in ten categories (including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Domestic Utilization, Commercial and Industrial Utilization, Gas Transmission, Processing and Storage). Entries came from about 150 organisations and 90 countries that are members of the International Gas Union, the organisation that organises the World Gas Conference once every three years.
“We are extremely thrilled and proud to have received this international award,” Wim van Grunderbeek says. “Considering the number of participants and the quality of the innovations that were entered, we didn’t expect to win, and the fact that it happened is unbelievable. This means that there’s worldwide interest in this development, which is fantastic. It’s an incentive for us to continue the development of the ground-penetrating radar, because we’re still working on the end product. We expect to have a working version for professional users by the end of 2019. Of course we’ll now pursue this development with doubled pleasure and motivation.”
Says Gerben Roseboom: “We’re working on a development for which there’s a real need in the sector. For this, we are taking knowledge of ground-radar technology from a specialised niche and making it accessible to a much broader market. While excavation damage takes place every 3 minutes in the Netherlands, this happens about every 15 seconds in the United States. Our aim is to prevent excavation damage and we’re on the right track. We see this award as an incentive to pursue our development, as it shows the relevance of it for society in general.”