RodRadar, a company developing sensors for detecting underground hazards, announced that Haskell, a Florida-based architecture, engineering, and construction firm, has become the first contractor in the US to deploy its debut product, LDR Excavate™. Haskell was an early investor in RodRadar and is now also one of its premier customers.
“RodRadar’s Live Dig Radar® technology is a game changer,” said Cutler Knupp, Managing Director of Haskell’s innovation and venture capital arm, Dysruptek. “We’ve validated that the solution does exactly what it says it does. The accuracy has been impeccable, and it’s already helping Haskell to identify subsurface conditions that we were not aware of before.”
The LDR Excavate™ is a unique solution that integrates high-resolution ground-penetrating radar imaging into the excavator bucket. While operating the excavator, this system provides real-time, precise data on the location of underground utility infrastructure and automatically alerts the operator with clear notifications. By using the LDR Excavate, construction sites can prevent costly utility damage, increase safety, and improve project efficiency.
Haskell is using LDR Excavate™ in construction projects at various locations, including the Miller Electric Center, which will be a nearly $130 million facility serving as the new training arena for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We were able to verify where the utilities are and then know at exactly what depths they were buried,” commented Lance Simons, Haskell Vice President of Safety & Quality. ‘We watched LDR Excavate perform in real time and it is extremely user-friendly for the operator. It is very promising.”
The construction industry incurs over $100 billion in annual costs due to damage to underground infrastructure, including investments in less effective mitigation methods. Excavation-related utility strikes also result in numerous deaths and injuries. Live Dig Radar is a significant improvement over current excavation technologies and processes, addressing their limitations.
“RodRadar is pleased to be continuing its collaboration with Dysruptek and Haskell,” said Moshe Dalman, CEO and co-founder of RodRadar. “Their savvy and experienced team is the right group to team up with as we bring a truly disruptive product to the field. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship as we modernize, improve and enhance excavation efficiency, safety and workflows.”
“Our imaging technology and analysis was designed to serve as the platform for a host of future services and solutions,” added Dalman. “LDR-based features, capabilities and standalone products can be leveraged and adapted to address similar needs in other markets. We are ushering in a whole new ecosystem.”