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AUSMOS: Automated Utility Service Mark-Out System


AUSMOS: Developing the Future of Underground Mapping

AUSMOS is a semi-autonomous prototype robotic platform that will detect and mark-out below-ground infrastructure utilizing a sensor suite comprised of ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic sensors. This robotic platform will automate underground mapping enabling denser GPR data collection and more powerful post-processing techniques that results in easier to interpret data, reducing the risk of accidental damage to buried assets.

Key Benefits

Ease of Setup

AUSMOS removes manual, intensive setup required for grid marking prior to data acquisition to reduce time-in-street and increase project efficiency.

Improved Data Acquisition

The pushcart data acquisition process is prone to human error. Deployment of AUSMOS ensures data is properly captured and results in a more detailed scan.

On-Site Data Processing

AUSMOS is designed to deliver immediate, interpretable results in the field and removes the need to wait for data analysis by subject matter experts.

Robust & Interpretable Data

Semi-Autonomous GRP scans are able to deliver higher density C-Scans or point clouds to overcome challenging locates.

3D Migration Post-Processing

3D Migration postprocessing captures differences between ‘as-built’ and ‘as-designed’ network infrastructure more effectively than traditional techniques, yielding improved damage prevention.

Simultaneous Data Capture

The AUSMOS robot collects GPR and EM data simultaneously to reduce the impact to traffic by providing all relevant data in a single scan.


Data Comparison

Traditional Data Capture

Traditional cart-based deployment of GPR delivers A-Scan hyperbolas that require analysis by subject matter experts.


AUSMOS Data Capture

AUSMOS robotic deployment of GRP delivers 3D Migrated C-Scan / point cloud data that is easy to interpret on site.

AUSMOS Specifications

Overall System:

  • Operating Temperature: -20 to +35° C
  • Environment: Urban/suburban (paved roads and walkways)

Locating Sensors:

  • Antenna Frequency: 250 MHz
  • EM Sensor: 3-Axis (XYZ)
  • EM Measuring Range: ±100μT


  • Battery: 24 VDC Total
  • Battery Life: 3.5 hours per swappable pack
  • Battery Chemistry: Lithium Iron Phosphate

Mechanical System:

  • Size: 28.4″ x 21.8″ x 35.9″
  • Weight: 108 lbs (less batteries)

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Project Partners

ULC Technologies

ULC Technologies works with leading utility and energy companies to develop and deploy robotic systems, inspection systems, machine learning and technology that helps reduce public disruption, minimizes environmental impact and improves safety.


SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. Their dedicated and established innovation team manages ideas and opportunities, both from internal and external sources, co-ordinating their evaluation, and prioritising and converting into value propositions projects that align with their innovation strategy.

Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) is the integrated transport authority responsible for meeting the Mayor of London’s strategy and commitments on transport. TfL runs the day-to-day operation of the Capital’s public transport network and manages London’s main roads.

Related Projects

AUSMOS: R&D Spin-Off Project

AUSMOS takes the underground sensing capabilities of the Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (RRES) project and packages it into a lower cost and easier to deploy package to support damage prevention and underground mapping.

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