We will reduce geological risk for infrastructure development projects worldwide. We will develop a higher-resolution, UAV-based geoscanning system combined with machine-learning-based data processing workflows. Project owners and contractors will receive seamless 3D models with statistical precision over the full project area based on our data and a small number of strategically placed boreholes. Globally, 90 % of infrastructure projects encounter cost overruns of 20-50 %. This is costing society unacceptable amounts of time and money. A lack of thorough geological understanding is frequently identified as a key contributor to these overruns. Our technology will significantly improve knowledge and thus decrease this risk. Public funds can be saved, and decisions can be made with a better understanding of the involved risks, improving the sustainability of infrastructure development. Traditionally, costly direct ground investigations are used to investigate ground conditions. We have demonstrated that our method's return of investment is high when used to reduce traditional investigations. With our proposed development the price point will further decrease, due to the increased efficiency our margin will increase. With increasing market acceptance, our profits will benefit from an increased margin and market share.
Project leader: Arnaud Le Breton
Institution: EMERALD GEOMODELLING AS