EarthWorks

Ground Infrastructure Assessment

Assess underground moisture conditions for multiple applications

Product Overview

ASTERRA EarthWorks provides visualized soil moisture sensing assessments for a variety of ground infrastructure installations across different industries and applications. EarthWorks creates a mapped view of the actual moisture itself as it gathers beneath infrastructure worldwide.

EarthWorks can assess underground soil moisture conditions across vast tracts of land simultaneously, up to 800,000 acres. It points out areas of concern and potential failure locations so that immediate and long-term problems can be found, and preventative repairs made, before more expensive damage and safety issues occur.

EarthWorks gathers data via an orbiting satellite and a highly sensitive synthetic aperture radar band that reflects off underground moisture and provides a data layer revealing its locations. The data is visualized as a contoured soil moisture map.

How EarthWorks Works

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Satellite data and images are acquired

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Data is analyzed by our patented algorithm

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Soil moisture maps and analysis are provided to the customer, identifying areas of potential concern

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The EarthWorks Differentiators

EarthWorks gives ground engineers a capability they have never had before: the ability to see — instantly and over an expansive area — where moisture is accumulating beneath and around critical ground infrastructure. Penetrating to a depth approximately 10 feet, EarthWorks sees through concrete, macadam, and treetops, and through all light and weather conditions to gather its insights. Planners and engineers can make decisions and initiate repairs using complete information, and before more extensive damage occurs.

Solutions

EarthWorks Property

Owners and managers of large property installations use EarthWorks Property to locate and evaluate underground moisture beneath parking lots, roadways, sidewalks, and other paved surfaces. Potential and likely failure locations are mapped out so that owners can mitigate problems before more severe and expensive damage occurs.

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Underground Moisture Visualized

The deliverable is a contour map with the colors and contours representing percentages of soil moisture. It is delivered as a GIS (Geographic Information System) file for viewing through all GIS platforms. As with all products, they are delivered to a customer through the ASTERRA customer portal website.

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Additional Resources

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Remote Satellite Imaging for Leak Detection – Green Bay Water Utility Case Study

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Duarte, CA: Detecting Leaks With Satellite Imagery
Case Studies July 1, 2019

Duarte, CA: Detecting Leaks With Satellite Imagery

Originally published in Water & Wastes Digest in July 2019. Water utilities across the country struggle with aging infrastructure that...

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Central Arkansas Water: Satellite Imaging Technology Helps Reduce Nonrevenue Water

Originally published in AWWA Opflow in April 2019. Water utilities have made great strides in the last few years regarding...

Prince William, VA: Proof Through Pilot Testing
Case Studies February 1, 2019

Prince William, VA: Proof Through Pilot Testing

Introducing new technologies, such as leak detection technology, in the water utility business is always a struggle because customers have...

Remote Imaging Reaches Beyond Antiquities, Italy
Case Studies October 1, 2018

Remote Imaging Reaches Beyond Antiquities, Italy

Originally published in World Water in September 2018. A satellite-directed leak identification technology developed by Utilis has been deployed in...

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