Deep Reach Technology, Inc. has been selected by the U. S. Department of Energy for a Small Business Innovation Research grant for Removal of the Need for Boreholes for Micropile Design and Installation
Houston, Texas (USA) –June 2020
Deep Reach Technology (DRT) has been selected for an award ofa Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the U.S. Dept. of Energy under FY2020, targeting cost reductions for offshore wind development. They have partnered with Subsea Micropiles Ltd., who are developing ground-breaking proprietary technology for the design and installation of high-performance seabed foundations and anchors using hollow grouted micropiles.
The aim of the project is to reduce or eliminate the need for exploratory geotechnical borings which represent a major cost to offshore wind projects. Boreholes would be replaced with measurements collected during the drilling of micropiled foundations, enabling adjustment of design parameters in real-time. Closing the loop between site survey and construction would reduce costs and generate significant value.
The project will deliver a conceptual design of a sensor system, that can be integrated with the micropile installation spread, and the development of a software tool that will make recommendation based on collected data.