Groundprobe wins the 2019 Institution of Engineering technology innovation award for technology transfer

GroundProbe's Brian Gillespie (Chief Executive Officer), Benny Chen (Product Innovation and Commercial Manager), Fernanda Carrea (Product Development Manager) and James Usherwood (Digital Product Development Manager) at the IET Innovation Awards 2019, with hosts and sponsors of the awards. Image Credit:
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GroundProbe is celebrating yet again after taking out the Technology Transfer Award at the 2019 Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) Innovation Awards in London.

The event seeks to acknowledge and celebrate pioneering innovations across the breadth of science, engineering and technology. The award for Technology Transfer recognises perception-shifting innovations that demonstrate effective use of existing technology from one sector to another in an alternative way.

GroundProbe was recognised for their game-changing GML technology. Successfully proven in underground mines as a geotechnical monitoring tool, the GML was adapted for civil projects where it reduces the environmental impact and cost of tunnelling through reduced shotcrete use.

GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said it was invaluable for Australian-based GroundProbe to be recognised on the global stage.

“It is an honour to receive international recognition from the world-renowned IET,” said Mr Gillespie.

“I am immensely proud of our technology team, who conceived, designed, developed and commercialised this solution for cross-industry applications, all from our company headquarters in Australia.

“Across the world, GroundProbe technologies and our people that build them are making tunnels, underground and open-cut mines and tailings dams safer and improving the way we work.” He said.

GroundProbe is widely accepted as a global leader in real-time technologies that help manage risk, ensure safety and increase productivity. The company has grown to become a global innovation powerhouse and the trusted partner of companies around the world.
The GML system is a high-speed computing and LiDAR technology that provides live feedback to aid efficient tunnel construction.

It scans the tunnel or civil project under construction, determining areas of non-compliance for real time remediation. It produces 14 million point results in less than two minutes ensuring the highest quality data is gathered in the fastest time possible.

“In an industry first, the GML is able to guide construction crews to spray to the desired thickness or design profile on-the-fly in real-time,” said Benny Chen, GroundProbe’s Manager – Product Innovation and Commercial.

“With live, actionable information, the innovation significantly reduces shotcrete usage and rework during construction.

“We have proven to reduce shotcrete usage in tunnel projects by 30%, translating to huge environmental and cost benefits.” Said Mr Chen.

Commercialised, patented and proven, the GML has been successfully tested in several major tunnel construction projects in Australia and is currently being demonstrated across the Nordics and Asia.

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