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 Transportation Technology Center, Inc.Dave Mauger Small Business Transportation TTCI consolidates leading engineering, research and testing professionals, simulation tools, and facilities to innovate, research and solve problems throughout the transportation industry and beyond. Recognized throughout the world for quality and precision, TTCI’s diverse professionals are specialized in the areas of mechanical, civil, industrial, electrical, metallurgical, aerospace and software engineering, as well as data analytics, ergonomics, modeling, applied mathematics and safety. As such TTCI is perfectly positioned to collaborate to develop testing procedures and innovative engineering solutions as applicable to the pipeline industry.

Since 1982, TTCI has operated a facility comprising over 52 square miles, diverse testing laboratories and test tracks which is dedicated to research and testing of new technologies. TTCI's track record includes numerous joint and collaborative research and testing programs, which has resulted in worldwide recognition of our capabilities and competence.
Website: www.ttci.tech

Email: dave_mauger@aar.com

Phone: 719.584.0758

Address: 55500 DOT Road, Pueblo, CO, 81001, United States
CO
 Accudyne Systems, IncGuillermo Borges Small Business Other Energy Technologies Accudyne has been building first-of- a-kind automation solutions for novel manufacturing processes for over 20 years. Clients come to Accudyne to tap into our broad expertise across several industrial manufacturing processes and automation equipment technologies. Accudyne and its associates hold multiple patents addressing novel manufacturing solutions for processing Composite Materials and Supercritical Fluid Separation Processes. Accudyne prides itself on providing novel solutions for its client base and serves as a trusted advisor to clients all over the world. While we manufacture equipment for many different applications, there are no model numbers on any of our machines. We specialize in unique equipment with highly specialized capabilities that cannot be sourced from a typical industrial equipment manufacturer. Drawing on our breadth and depth of experience, we consult with clients from the very beginning of their project to accomplish research and development on new processes or to simply advance their existing processes. Once process parameters have been established, Accudyne works to develop equipment concepts which are further refined into detailed machine designs for manufacture.
Website: www.accudyne.com

Email: info@accudyne.com

Phone: 302-369-5390

Address: 210 Executive Drive, Suite 5, Newark, DE, 19702, United States
DE
 University of California, Los AngelesVeronica Santos Academic Other Energy Technologies TASKS: The expertise of the UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory would be a good fit for TASK 4 "Pipe integrity/inspection tools" and TASK 5 "3D mapping hardware, data management, and data visualization."

KEYWORDS: grasp and manipulation, haptics, human-machine systems, machine learning, machine perception, robotics, tactile perception, tactile sensors, teleoperation

Directed by Prof. Veronica Santos, the UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory has over a decade of experience in tactile sensor design and implementation on robotic systems. The sense of touch is especially useful when complementary sensory modalities, such as vision, are degraded or unavailable. An artificial sense of touch can be used for surface characterization, defect localization, mapping, feedback to a human teleoperator, or semi-autonomous decision-making by a human-in-the-loop robotic system. We combine novel, deformable tactile sensor designs with machine learning to develop tactile perception algorithms. Prior work includes the development of algorithms to enable robots to haptically (by touch) perceive geometric features such as edges, bumps, and pits. For field use, we have recently developed real-time capabilities for haptically locating and characterizing cables and rigid objects buried in granular media. The UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute.
Website: http://BiomechatronicsLab.ucla.edu

Email: vjsantos@ucla.edu

Phone: 310-825-2125

Address: 420 Westwood Plaza; Engin. IV, Rm. 37-140, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States
CA
 Prius Intelli, LLCJosh Vinyard Small Business Other Energy Technologies We are an aerial mapping company, specializing in imaging petroleum assets at a low cost. We can provide aerial imagery at a cost of $150 per linear mile of pipe at a 4" resolution. We can deliver imagery via WMS or WMTS feeds straight into GIS software. We do not use drones.
Website: www.priusintelli.com

Email: josh.vinyard@priusintelli.com

Phone: 214-693-9192

Address: 316 Bailey Ave #104, FORT WORTH, TX, 76107, United States
TX
 University of California, Los AngelesLei He Academic Other Energy Technologies Lei He has been a professor with UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2002. His expertise includes Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and is a founder or co-founder of several IoT and AI startup companies. He led arpa-E project in the past and the main interest here is related to leakage detection as well as AI-based 3D visualization.
Website: http://eda.ee.ucla.edu

Email: lhe@ee.ucla.edu

Phone: 6263542381

Address: Ucla Boelter Hall, 6731D, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-0001, United States
CA
 Aegion Inc/ Insituform TechnologiesAbu Abraham Large Business Other Energy Technologies Insituform Technologies has been in the field of pipeline rehabilitation for almost 50 years and is part of the Aegion group of companies. The other companies within Aegion, United Pipelines, Aegion Coating Services, Fyfe Company, Underground Solutions & Corrpro, provide a complementary suite of products and technologies addressing rehabilitation of pipelines.
Website: www.aegion.com

Email: aabraham@aegion.com

Phone: 636 530 2872

Address: 17999 Edison Avenue, Chesterfield, MO, 63005, United States
MO
 MITLuca Carlone Academic Other Energy Technologies Luca Carlone is the Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Principal Investigator in the Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems (LIDS). His research interests include nonlinear estimation, numerical and distributed optimization, and probabilistic inference, applied to perception, localization, and mapping in single and multi-robot systems. His work includes seminal results on certifiably correct algorithms for localization and mapping, as well as approaches for visual-inertial navigation and distributed mapping. He is a recipient of the 2017 Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award, the best paper award at WAFR’16, the best Student paper award at the 2018 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and was best paper finalist at RSS’15.

Prof. Carlone leads the SPARK (Sensing Perception Autonomy and Robot Kinetics) lab at MIT. The mission of the SPARK lab is to develop theoretical understanding and practical algorithms for safe, robust, and efficient robot perception, localization, and mapping. Recent contributions from SPARK include:
- vision-based algorithms for real-time localization, mapping, and semantic understanding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5XxXRABXJs&feature=youtu.be (video), https://arxiv.org/abs/1910.02490 (paper)
- lidar-based simultaneous localization and mapping in tunnels and caves: https://lids.mit.edu/news-and-events/news/jpl-team-co-led-luca-carlone-participates-darpa-subterranean-challenge
- robust and certifiable object detection in images: https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.11924
- robust and certifiable object detection in point clouds: https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.08588
Website: https://lucacarlone.mit.edu/

Email: lcarlone@mit.edu

Phone: +14047234761

Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Office: 31-243, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States
MA
 Nexus Photonics, LLCTin Komljenovic Small Business Other Energy Technologies Nexus Photonics is developing next generation of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) that enables incredible improvement in size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) and will result with mass deployment in next-generation systems for communications and sensing, even in cases where photonic chips were historically deemed to be too expensive to implement.

Our proprietary heterogeneous integration allows single-chip systems with on-chip optical sources that operate in extremely broadband wavelength range to support broad range of applications including communications, positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), autonomous vehicles, robotics, various types of measurement systems, machine vision, human-machine interfaces, human sciences and metrology among others.

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Website: nexusphotonics.com

Email: komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com

Phone: 8058954733

Address: 6500 Hollister Ave, Ste. 140, Goleta, CA, 93117, United States
CA
 DiakontEdward Petit de Mange Small Business Other Energy Technologies Diakont is provider of specialized robotic services to the global energy industry. Diakont has successfully performed robotic inspections and remediation operations on underground or inaccessible 8"+ diameter piping and other structures used in natural gas transmission lines, petroleum facilities, and nuclear power plants. Diakont's baseline delivery and inspection technology is mature, rugged, and reliable, having been proven and refined over 15+ years of services.

Diakont’s development and implementation expertise related to ARPA-E’s REPAIR program include:
* Pipeline integrity measurement, flaw characterization, and assessment using robotically-deployed sensors for Ultrasonic Testing, MFL, various eddy current, and laser-scanning methods, as well as combinations of these methods
* Hazardous-environment (Ex-proof) tooling development and certification for the deployment of robotics into flammable-vapor environments
* Robust, field-proven deployment tooling, and qualified operational personnel, for performing in-field pilot demonstrations

Diakont's interest is in making modifications to existing tooling tjhat will meet the requirements of Tasks 2 and 3 (potentially from a combined platform) - and then conducting pilot demonstrations of: the pre-remediation assessment, the remediation/application, and then the post-remediation assessment. Diakont is interested to partner with a specialist in the Task 2 coatings, and also the Task 1 and Task 5 activities.
Website: www.diakont.com/energy

Email: ejp@diakont.us.com

Phone: 858-551-5551 x274

Address: 3193 Lionshead Ave., Carlsbad, CA, 92010, United States
CA
 WRT, Inc.Jack Foley Small Business Other Energy Technologies White River Technologies (WRT) is technology company with offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire specializing in development of advanced geophysical mapping methods. WRT builds innovative systems for sub-surface mapping based on magnetic, electromagnetic and radar sensors. Primarily working for US Navy and US Army customers, WRT has extensive experience in detection of buried infrastructure, realtime target feature definition, and 3D location of buried targets.

WRT operates and maintains a comprehensive test facility that includes a 4-meter high test-stand for target signature definition, computerized gantry system for automate detection / location test execution, and an extensive in-ground pipe / infrastructure test area. In addition to WRT’s custom-built sensor systems, WRT owns an extensive array of geophysical equipment, including geophysical sensors, positioning systems, robotic platforms, innovative data acquisition and management systems, and data processing software.

WRT also has extensive, well-tested, and thoroughly documented technologies for both forward and inverse modeling of geophysical data to characterize subsurface targets. WRT’s software provides realtime processing capabilities to support immediate in-the-field decisions regarding detected targets and infrastructure.
Website: http://whiterivertech.com/

Email: foley@whiterivertech.com

Phone: 9784799519

Address: 381 Elliot St., Suite 170L, Newton, MA, 02464, United States
MA
 University of Southern QueenslandAllan Manalo Academic Other Energy Technologies The Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a leading research center in Australia for engineered fiber composites in infrastructure applications. In collaboration with various industries and asset owners, CFM has developed and applied novel composite technologies in new construction and repair to future-proof infrastructure including bridges, roads, railways, marine and pipelines. USQ’s research expertise and capabilities related to the ARPA-E’s REPAIR program are as below:

• Analytical modelling of composite pipe-in-steel pipe
• Development of novel particulate-filled (PF) polymer coating systems
• Durability investigation and modelling of composite materials.

From 2010-2014, USQ was commissioned by Petronas Malaysia on the project “Repair and Rehabilitation of Deepwater Gas Pipelines using Fibre composites”. In this project, USQ developed a closed form mathematical model for composite pipe-in-steel pipe and played a major role in the experimental assessments of fiber composite materials and systems for internal and external repair of high-pressure steel pipelines. USQ has also developed novel particulate-filled polymer coating systems which can be engineered to be compatible with current pipeline operations and deposited without interrupting gas service.

Our unique analytical modelling expertise is critical in developing appropriate and reliable testing models and protocols for a pipe-in-pipe, characterizing and correlating failure modes for composite pipe-in-pipe configurations, and in assessing and modelling the behavior and failure mechanisms for composite pipe-in-pipe under various loading scenarios in Task 1. Analytical modelling is important in identifying, establishing the critical properties (both short-term and long-term) and optimizing structural coating materials in Task 2 to ensure the structural performance and required 50-year lifespan of a composite pipe-in-steel pipe.
Website: https://www.usq.edu.au/research/institutes-centres/centre-for-future-materials

Email: Allan.Manalo@usq.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 4631 2547

Address: University of Southern Queensland West Street Toowoomba Qld 4350 Australia, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia
Queensland
 Carnegie MellonHowie Choset Academic Other Energy Technologies A robot or conventional mechanism can clearly bypass the danger and perhaps expedite the any process in a confined space because the person is removed from the site; moreover, the site and the person are not prepared (i.e., there is no need for special excavation or a protective suit). Conventional robots, however, are not suitable for confined-space tasks because they are not flexible enough to pass through and into target DOE sites. The Carnegie Mellon group has been developing articulated probes, called a hyper-redundant mechanisms, which are a snake-like devices that can exploit its many internal degrees of freedom to thread through tightly packed volumes transmitting images and data from remote locations inaccessible to conventional robots and people. These images will be used to form a virtual presence to the remote user.

The use of hyper-redundant mechanisms expedites the inspection process of tanks and structures in two ways: First, the inspection site does not require extensive set-up (e.g., sites do not have to be excavated) because the hyper-redundant robot can slither to virtually any entrance location. Second, the hyper-redundant robot can maneuver through the interior of tanks and highly convoluted structures “seeing” every nook and cranny of the interior without adding extra entrance ports or even partially taking the structure apart. These robots have the added feature that they are minimally invasive; in other words, they can travel through highly convoluted structures returning images to a remote location without disturbing the site. This is especially important in aging tanks where the condition of the internals is completely unknown.

Finally, we have been developing mapping technologies for remote locations. Once deployed, we will be able to create a three-dimensional visualization that shows sensor data supper-imposed on any network of pipes and tanks. With this data in-hand, a technician can "fly-through" the inspection, as if in the movie the Matrix, to see where critical regions which may require further investigation and repair. This map can also be used as a time-series to model how the network evolves over time, and verify an inspection has occurred. Finally, the data in the map can be used in a standard machine learning approach to predict where future failures may occur
Website: http://biorobotics.org

Email: choset@cs.cmu.edu

Phone: 412-268-2495

Address: 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
PA
 Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), Louisiana Tech UniversityJohn Matthews Academic Other Energy Technologies The TTC was established at LA Tech 30 years ago to focus on industry challenges related to pipe assessment, installation, and repair. Over the past 30 years the TTC has performed hundreds of industry funded studies that solve real-world challenges. The TTC has expertise in numerous areas including testing methods and protocol development, specifically related to pressure pipe liners; innovative infrastructure materials, specifically structural materials for pressure pipe rehabilitation; tooling for robotic pipe/fiber installations; and pipeline integrity inspection sensors and tools. The center is also supported financially and technically by an external Industry Advisory Board of more than 50 companies ranging for product manufacturers, contractors, engineering consultants, utilities, and trenchless associations.
Website: www.ttc.latech.edu

Email: matthews@latech.edu

Phone: 3182240141

Address: 599 Dan Reneau Drive, Ruston, LA, 71272, United States
LA
 OceanitMatthew Nakatsuka Small Business Other Energy Technologies Oceanit is a mind-to-market research and development firm focused on collaborating with a diverse range of both academic, government, and industry partners to deliver rapidly deployable technology solutions.

Oceanit has been the recipient of multiple Department of Energy awards to develop coatings and composite material solutions to reduce pipeline emissions and enable highly targeted downhole well health monitoring. Additionally, Oceanit’s experience with both the Department of Defense and DARPA in being a part of broad, multi-organization teams will allow it to work closely and efficiently with other partner awardees.

A brief listing of key technologies which could be used to address the needs of the REPAIR program:

SCIN:
A surface treatment process to significantly change the wettability of metal surfaces (bare steel, cast iron, aluminum), allowing for significantly increased coating adhesion and composite bonding strength. Additionally, significantly decreases the formation of intralayer voids, allowing for more accurate monitoring of pipeline substrate via inspection tools. This technology was taken from the laboratory to full pilot scale testing and deployment within 18 months, and showed a marked improvement over current materials.
Partner: Shell.

Scanite/InSITE:
An acoustically active composite material that enables highly accurate and localized pressure sensing. Scanite particles can be incorporated into structurally durable materials (epoxy, cement) to impart key self-reporting “smart” capabilities, even in extreme conditions such as a subsea well. The InSITE monitoring and data visualization system could aid widespread deployment of any form of pipe-in-pipe technology, as it is designed to provide automated, networked collection of actionable intelligence from outside of the pipeline.
Partners: Shell, NETL

EverPel Coating Materials:
In-situ applicable, highly durable coating systems to reduce pipeline corrosion, reduce drag and improve flow throughput. These coating materials can be applied with a minimum of required pipe downtime, and have been shown to be compatible with existing pipeline operations, and chemically compatible with LNG and diesel products.
Partners: NETL, Colorado School of Mines
Website: www.oceanit.com

Email: mnakatsuka@oceanit.com

Phone: (808) 531-3017

Address: 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste 600, Honolulu, HI, 96813, United States
HI
 University of Colorado BoulderBrad Wham Academic Other Energy Technologies Dr. Wham is an assistant professor and directs the Center for Infrastructure, Energy, and Space Testing at the University of Colorado Boulder, which has extensive large-scale testing facilities with particular expertise in underground infrastructure systems. His prior work at Cornell University (PhD & Postdoc) included several research projects characterizing the structural response of pipeline rehabilitation methods, including cured in place pipe and pipe liners, under various loading conditions for both gas and water supply pipelines. His interests are targeted at Task 1, developing and performing test protocols to validate liners for 50 years of operation. Please contact for additional information.
Website: https://www.colorado.edu/center/ciest/

Email: Brad.Wham@colorado.edu

Phone: 303.492.8221

Address: 1111 Engineering Dr UCB 428, ECOT 441, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States
CO