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Across Australia and the globe, EJ is relied upon to design, manufacture and distribute exceptional access solutions for vital infrastructure projects. These projects support the stormwater, wastewater and telecommunications networks necessary in modern society.

Fully integrated into an excavator bucket, the LDR Excavate brings RodRadar’s unique high-resolution, ground-penetrating radar imaging into the operator’s cabin during excavation and earthworks projects.

Available in three size configurations, the RodRadar LDR Excavate is compatible with most makes and models of excavator sized one to 18 tonnes. The only solution of its kind worldwide, the Live Dig Radar provides real-time, precise data on the location of underground utility infrastructure, automatically and directly alerting the excavator’s operator with simple-to-understand notifications.

The technology, although complex in scientific design, is simple to use; connect the LDR-integrated bucket to a compatible excavator, link the bucket to the supplied tablet which is mounted inside the operator cabin, then make sequential excavations into the earth to scan the ground below.

As the bucket digs and makes contact with the ground, the built-in radar technology delivers highly accurate, real-time, easy-to understand data to the tablet about underground utility locations and depths. The technology’s aim is to provide holistic prevention of costly and unsafe utility damage, and exceptional improvement of project efficiency and productivity.

Avoiding dangerous and costly utility strikes

Each year, underground infrastructure damage costs the global construction industry more than $150 billion AUD – including billions invested in less effective alleviation methods – with utility strikes during excavation, causing dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries.

RodRadar Australia’s innovative Live Dig Radar is a dramatic improvement over current widespread excavation technologies and processes, overcoming their inherent limitations.

In February 2023, RodRadar Australia partnered with distributors ASV Sales & Service and STM Trucks & Machinery to conduct preliminary LDR Excavator Demonstration Days in Sydney and Newcastle. As part of each demonstration, utility services were buried underground in various earth compositions, and attendees were invited to find and unearth the utilities using the Live Dig Radar in-situ.

With more than 50 industry representatives in attendance – hailing from fields including construction, risk assessment, workplace health and safety, utility management and government – the LDR technology was met with extensive positive feedback.

A government agency representative in attendance said, “The accuracy of the radar was spot on. The LDR would work well in our operations and is exceptional new technology.”

In addition, Michael Owen from major construction body RTC Group, said, “[The LDR] would be very helpful for safety, and also a time saving device – and also looks to be easy to use.”

Furthermore, RodRadar’s Live Dig Radar is garnering exceptional acclaim on the global stage. Florida-based Haskell – a pioneering architecture, engineering and construction firm – has become the first contractor in the United States to deploy the technology.

Cutler Knupp, Managing Director of Haskell’s innovation and venture capital arm, Dysruptek, said, “RodRadar’s Live Dig Radar technology is a game changer. The accuracy has been impeccable, and it’s already helping Haskell to identify subsurface conditions that we were not aware of before.”

RodRadar Australia will roll out the new LDR Excavate nationwide throughout 2023.

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by RodRadar Australia. For further information, please visit www.rodradar.com.au 

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