BURLINGAME, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Team D4C, composed of companies ECC, QinetiQ North America, and Bobcat, was awarded first place in two of four events—Vegetation Removal and Surface Ordnance Removal—during the 2011 Robotic Range Clearance Competition (R2C2) at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming.
Held by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army, the competition aimed to encourage robotic technology innovations from leaders in the industry. The competition was broken into four categories: automated vegetation clearance, surface debris clearance, geophysical mapping, and subsurface anomaly excavation.
"Robotic range clearance is the way of the future, and Team D4C has made great strides in developing a field-ready system," commented ECC's President & CEO, Manjiv S. Vohra, PE, DBIA. "ECC's culture of safety, combined with our innovative and technological spirit, lends itself to this type of competition. Our Munitions Response Division (MRD) team is continually seeking ways to make their job safer for everyone through technology."
Range clearance activities are typically characterized as dangerous and labor intensive. Using robotically controlled equipment, the ECC/QinetiQ team is able to perform this work without putting technicians in the field, significantly improving safety while cutting costs.
Established in 1985, ECC is an employee-owned company that provides a complete range of services to support its clients' missions, including military munitions response, design-build, construction, environmental remediation, engineering and design management, and energy. ECC serves several U.S. government agencies, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Department of State, and Department of Energy. ECC has been performing munitions response and ordnance clearance operations for more than 20 years, including innovative munitions-related technologies and remote area logistics.
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