Tunnel Vision Project
EUROMOBILITA s.r.o. have successfully completed a feasibility study on the soundness of a new concept in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for use in tunnel construction and maintenance. The project ran for 6 months and assessed the response from potential end-users to acceptance of a new technology into the market.
This EC funded Phase 1 feasibility study had the following objectives:
- To confirm the economic viability and market potential of the system.
- Detail User Needs for the system.
- Identify the technological and practical viability and science, technology and innovation required and the practical viability of the technology to achieve the intended results while operating in the tunnel environment.
- Identify partners, Suppliers, Subcontractors.
- The roles of the TUNNEL VISION team and production of the demonstrator.
- Elaborate a Business model and Plan to confirm economic viability and further investigate market potential to include:
- The one-off costs of acquiring the Subsurface Tunnel Infrastructure Inspection Radar including the unit price of the hardware, integration of the hardware with customer owned rail vehicles, the establishment of a capable data communication infrastructure (if necessary), manufacturing partner’s software licensing fees, and initial staff training. The purpose of this is to ensure market acceptability by infrastructure managers.
- The total operating costs of the system, including maintenance, recurrent staff training, and processing and interpretation by EUMO (if applicable).
- The size of the market for the system in Europe initially.
- IPR (patents) as well as software protection and licensing.
- Business models for the TUNNEL VISION system sales/franchise/licensing/royalties.
- Partners, Suppliers, Subcontractors and End-Users
- The roles of the TUNNEL VISION and production of the system.
As a result of the feasibility study all of the above objectives have been met and with the assistance of the coaching activities provided by the EC, a number of other TUNNEL VISION uses have been identified, such as:
- hydro tunnels and
- storage for nuclear waste.
Other important TUNNEL VISION results are:
- Potential end-users were identified,
- Reduction on maintenance costs and efficiency were agreed,
- More efficient and accurate inspection systems were accepted by study respondents and
- A clearer idea of the actual cost of tunnel maintenance was identified.