ThAnCS

Third Party Anti-Collision System


Objective

Development of a new safety-oriented excavator anti-collision system to avoid third-party incidents on the critical gas infrastructure.

THANCS is going to be a combination of navigation and detection systems of the latest generation.

Approach (excerpt)

  • Development of an innovative alarm system for excavators
  • Technical protection measures (real-time anti-collision system)
Approach (excerpt):
  • Development of an innovative alarm system for excavators
  • Technical protection measures (real-time anti-collision system)

 
Pipeline systems can be located online with today’s precise data. However, the soil covering is usually not exactly known and changes with wind, weather and soil tillage e.g. due to agricultural and foerestry equipment. With a real-time detection system (e.g. radar) the current position can be defined on-site and displayed for the vehicle operator. In a further development stage alarms can be sent off if the blade is too close to a pipeline and a switch-off is possible.

CeSIS develops such systems in cooperation with the CSE Center of Safety Excellence (CSE institute) within the scope of research projects and in cooperation with the gas industry.

 

Target group:

Gas network operators, companys that carry out excavations

CeSIS - Thancs

Why ThAnCS?

According to the current rules and regulations, e.g. DVGW GW315, dangers when exposing supply lines due to organisational measures (manual excavation) are avoided. However, especially in case of major risks, technical measures with even greater reliability are necessary. So far, such systems have not yet been developed.

In practise, excavations lead to events very often. Long-distance gas pipelines are very rarely affected. In most cases, gas pipelines in the distribution network are involved. According to the Federal Information System for Piping Information (BIL), approximately 100.000 cable and piping damages are caused anually with repair costs of more than 2 billion euros, of which around 50 % are caused by civil engineering work (Jens Focke, GAT 2017, Köln, 30 November 2017).

THANCS is designed to prevent pipeline damage, especially in densely populated areas.

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