ESS conducts ongoing research and development in several areas. We are developing new solutions to assess the structural health of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railroads, dams, and levees. In addition to assessing the health of existing structures, we are particularly interested in methods that improve quality and safety during construction.
We also have significant experience in borehole geophysical methods and making measurements from drill strings. The horizontal directional drilling industry is growing exponentially. For example, new methods of energy production rely on long stretches of horizontal wells. Trenchless technologies are used to install cables and pipes in urban areas. And tunnel boring machines create tunnels for subways and municipal water lines. To support these industries, ESS is working on technologies to enhance subsurface navigation, to measure properties of soil, rock, and fluids, and to locate potential obstacles such as boulders or existing utilities.
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