Inversa Systems Ltd. was recently selected for the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). The CICP is a Government of Canada program, designed to help with the commercialization of a product or service, by partnering it with a governmental department that will make use of the technology. This news comes less than a month after they were awarded $2.1 million from the Atlantic Innovation fund.
Inversa Systems have developed a system which uses Backscatter Computed Tomography (BCT) imaging technology to diagnose the viability and state of structures, much like a CT scan would do for the human body, but on a far larger scale. The technology will save money while improving the safety of roadways. In fact, the New Brunswick Department of Transportation claims a savings of $250,000 on analysis of a single culvert. Although presently employed for highway use, there are plans for the oil & gas, and aerospace markets as well.
John Bowles, President of Inversa Systems, claims,
"Much of North America's roadway infrastructure was put in service in the 1950s-1970s. This infrastructure is now rapidly approaching the end of its design life. Therefore, governments are faced with escalating maintenance budgets with no end in sight. Planning optimized maintenance of these structures is now more crucial then ever, both safety wise and financially. Inversa's technology is one example of a new generation technology which can help reduce the number of unknowns in maintenance and safety planning which ultimately leads to saved lives and dollars."