UMS Chosen by MDT to Deliver Advanced Utility Investigation Technologies for the Custer Avenue SHPR2 R01B Project

August 16, 2018, Helena MT – Montana Department of Transportation’s (MDT’s) Custer Avenue Project in Helena was selected by FHWA to receive funding assistance from FWHA’s program for advancing proven utility investigation technologies (SHRP2 R01B). The goal of the FWHA’s SHRP2 R01B program is to advance proven new technologies to help agencies better detect subsurface utilities.

MDT intends that all utility data will be used to develop a qualified 3D model of the project area which will then be used for design.

UMS was chosen by MDT to deliver Time-Domain Electromagnetic Induction (TDEMI), multi-channel ground penetrating radar (MCGPR), and down-hole LiDAR utility data for the project.

The week of July 30th began the SHRP2 R01B utility investigation phase of the project with UMS’s partner InDepth Corp. performing a Time-Domain Electromagnetic Induction (TDEMI) survey of the area.  InDepth utilized an EM61 coupled with an on board GPS antenna which was deployed behind a UTV.  A GPS reference station rounded out the equipment used to accurately acquire electromagnetic utility data along the 1.6 mile corridor.


On August 6th, 2018 UMS collected multichannel ground penetrating radar (MCGPR) utility data along the 1.6 mile long corridor.  To collect this data UMS utilized their IDS Stream C GPR unit towed behind a UTV making several passes along the 1.6 mile long corridor.  Onboard with the Stream C was a GPS antenna which was coupled to a GPS reference station for capture of accurate utility location data.

On August 13 UMS employed a GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO handheld LiDAR unit to capture manhole and buried vault utility data.

As the project progresses we will update the news.

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