Posted March 05, 2018 03:07:54The future is still unknown for geotechnic engineers, but the technology may be just around the corner.
The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently launched an initiative called GEOTech that aims to revolutionize the way geotechical engineers develop and test products and technologies, the BBC reports.
“The GEOTECH team is focused on advancing geotechanical engineering research to help us address a wide range of challenges that exist in the geosciences today,” NREL said in a statement.
“GEOTech is the first of its kind that builds on the existing knowledge and expertise of geoscientists.”
The goal of GEOTec is to use a variety of materials and technologies to accelerate and scale up the speed of product development.
Its technology includes an “integrated manufacturing process” that allows for rapid prototyping, and “reinventing the geotelectric process,” Nrel said.
This includes using an existing material called epoxy as a substrate for the epoxy used in its prototyping process.
GEOTex is also focused on building an epoxy-based tool for use in the epoxied-metal fabrication process.
The company hopes to use the tool to “develop a novel, high-performance epoxy for geocaching, mining, and construction,” the company said.
GEotec also plans to integrate a range of new manufacturing techniques, such as “molecular vapor deposition, electrospinning, and high-temperature-tempering,” the BBC said.
“In addition, the company has plans to incorporate a variety the advanced fabrication processes that will help accelerate the process of developing geotextiles for high-volume applications,” the statement added.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) also recently launched a program called Geospat, which aims to help the geospatial and geotelemetry industries work together to solve “critical challenges” in the space, including “improving the ability of geospat to collect, store, and analyze real-time information.”
The NGA also said it will support “new geospheric mapping and georeferencing services that support the delivery of geostationary Earth observation and control, as well as the design and development of geodetic systems.”
The National Geodetic Information Center (NGIC), which was launched in April 2017, also plans “to support the development of new applications in the area of geo-geoscience, such a geostatistical mapping and remote sensing of geodesic and geotectonic structures.”
The group also hopes to “support the development and commercialization of geophysics, geodesy, and geoscience products, services, and applications, including the development, development, and commercialisation of geolocation services and services,” NGA said.
The goal is to “make geoservices more cost-effective, more flexible, and more efficient.”
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.