OF APPARENT INTEREST TO THE DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY (DNA) IS THE ABILITY TO DETECT THE LOCATION OF TUNNEL BORING MACHINES(TBM).

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2459
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Utah Geophysical Inc
Po Box 9344, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
LEWIS KATZ
(801) 466-1302
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OF APPARENT INTEREST TO THE DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY (DNA) IS THE ABILITY TO DETECT THE LOCATION OF TUNNEL BORING MACHINES(TBM). THESE TYPES OF DEVICES ARE USED TO DRILL TUNNELS FOR MILITARY PURPOSES, SUCH AS THE STORAGE OF NUCLEAR DEVICES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MISSILE SILOS. BY LOCATING TBM'S IN OPERATION, UNFRIENDLY FORCES COULD IDENTIFY POTENTIAL MILITARY TARGETS. IT IS THEREFORE OF INTEREST TO DNA TO DETERMINE TO WHAT EXTENT TBM'S CAN BE LOCATED, AND THUS DEVELOP ANTI-DETECTION METHODS. ALSO, OF INTEREST TO OTHER MILITARY AGENCIES IS THE DETECTION OF CLANDESTING TUNNELING BY HOSTILE FORCES. THE TBM IS KNOWN TO GENERATE A CONTINUOUSSEISMIC SIGNAL WHILE OPERATING. UTAH GEOPHYSICAL, INC. (UGI)HAS DEVELOPED A SEISMIC DRILL BIT POSITIONING METHOD (U.S. PATENT #4,460,059) THAT SHOULD BE APPLICABLE TO LOCATING A TBM. THIS TECHNIQUE USES A BEAM-STEERING ARRAY PROCESSING PROCEDURE TO DETECT COHERENT CONTINUOUS SEISMIC EVENTS IN POOR SIGNAL TO NOISE ENVIRONMENTS. UGI PROPOSES TO INVESTI- GATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING PARTICLE MOTION PREFILTERING TO ENHANCE THE COHERENCY VALUES OF THE PROCESSED DATA, THEREBY IMPROVING ON THE LIKELIHOOD OF LOCATING A TBM WITH THE EXISTING TECHNOLOGY.

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