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:

  • mines,
  • 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.

For further information please email us:  info@euromobilita.com

“This project has been received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 835567

The TUNNEL VISION feasibility study was successfully completed in May 2019 and the results clearly show that the TUNNEL VISION concept is a viable concept and a viable business proposition. The next stage is through a Phase 2 project with high-tech SME partners developing the TUNNEL VISION demonstrator.