Technology being developed at Louisiana Tech is aimed at preventing sinkholes from forming when soil washes away from buried pipes by using robotics to inspect them, reports The Ruston Daily Leader.
Its timing could be just right, with the Obama administration's focus on repairing the nation's infrastructure.
The technology, called FutureScan, uses ultrawideband pulsed radar to look for potentially dangerous areas in pipelines and culverts by producing high-resolution images from a scanning robot that travels inside the pipes.
The project has raised about $3.2 million from industry partners to perfect the technology and has been awarded one of nine Technology Innovation Program grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The university's business incubator also is working on the business side, with a startup called Beyond Vision, according to eurekalert.