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VINCI & French gas firm look to transform underground mapping with AI

by Liam Turner
Exodigo working Colas Rail in Birmingham as part of its initial UK project

Global construction business VINCI Construction and French gas distributor GRDF have concluded their recent work with Exodigo, a non-intrusive subsurface imaging platform, to enhance underground utility mapping.

Exodigo has announced the results of its first project in France and its official entry into the market, claiming to have successfully provided more accurate underground utility maps to reduce utility strike risks for VINCI Construction and GRDF.

Cecile Raynal, innovations expert at the Technical and Industrial Department at GRDF, said: “Exodigo proved its potential for improving ground markings and preventing damage to structures on buried networks.”

Through VINCI’s innovation platform, Leonard, the two companies partnered to demonstrate the potential of Exodigo’s AI solution for identifying and mapping underground utilities, with the firm identifying 57% more utility lines than shown on existing records.

Jeremy Suard, Exodigo CEO and co-founder, said: “We are excited to collaborate with industry leaders like VINCI Construction and GRDF to drive positive change, ensure more efficient capital projects, and reduce the 13,000 lines that are hit each year in France.”

At a test site in Aubervilliers, France, Exodigo’s multi-sensing technology located 30 lines in the area, where existing records had identified only 19.

Exodigo also located 35 lines in an area with no existing records.

Exodigo tapped AVUS, an AR/VR company specialising in underground services, for mobile visualisation onsite.

Based on the results, VINCI and GRDF are exploring applications of the technology across their organisations.

Louis Cottin, Catalyst programme manager, Leonard, said: “Dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable transformation of cities and regions, the VINCI team was thrilled with the results of our initial project with Exodigo.

“Precision and accuracy are critical for safe, efficient, and timely project delivery – Exodigo proved its ability to offer exactly that for capital projects teams in France and beyond.”

Image credit: Exodigo

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