Atkins acts as agent for US water mapping and tracking technology
14 May 2007, News release from Atkins
Atkins is set to act as the UK, European and Middle Eastern agent for Willowstick Technologies - assisting with the delivery, promotion and development of their water mapping and tracking technology.
Willowstick Technologies has developed a patented geo-physical technology known as AquaTrack that efficiently maps, tracks and monitors groundwater. The system allows users to stem leakage as well as find and manage groundwater sources very efficiently - this is most important in this time of global warming and limited water resources. Atkins will develop teams of technicians trained to use the technology and provide a 24-hour service by transmitting the filed data back to the US.
The technique has proved extremely accurate and effective in mapping preferential flow paths through and under dams and determining the extent of seeps, leaks and boils associated with dams. They have used this technology on a wide range of projects already, including United Utilities and Thames Water in the UK as well as the USBR and many others.
The technique has been used to map groundwater depths of more than 1000 metres and can be applied to many different situations including:
Atkins is heavily involved in projects of this nature and can use this technology to the benefit of both the client and the environment as this is environmentally benign technology.
Project director, Dr Andy Hughes states: "The AquaTrack technology involves a minimally invasive procedure, which returns exceptionally accurate images from great depths. We can see the benefits of using this technology on a range of projects that we are involved in, and we are very pleased to be able to help promote it within Europe and the Middle East."