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The first autonomous system for tunnel drainage maintenance

„This system is the first significant leap in this sector in the last 25 years.“

- Manager, Tunnel operator in DACH

DrainBot is the first autonomous system developed for the main­tenance of tunnel drainage. Instead of the dominant hydro-mechanical cleaning (using high-pressure water jets), we apply mechanical cleaning to allow for removal and preventative maintenance of the drainage pipes.

This allows us to completely remove the consumption of water from the process. In addition, instead of using fossil fuel for operating the machinery, DrainBot relies on electricity sourced from a redundant battery system included in the body of the robot. By providing the operator with an autonomous charging system, we ensure almost permanent operation ultimately enabling preventative and predictive main­tenance of the tunnel drainage. In addition, DrainBot collects various data through multiple installed sensors for a better data analysis and interpretation which enables optimal personalized drainage maintenance.


How it works

Drainage systems in tunnels prevent accumulation of water and subse­quent damage to the construction. As organic and inorganic matter trans­ported with the water builds a sedi­ment that reduces their diameter and efficiency, drainage systems in tunnels are maintained regularly.

DrainBot systems contain one or more robotic units that move through drainage pipes between multiple charging stations. While they move and collect various sensor data, robotic units clean the walls of the drainage pipe ensuring longer lifetime of the drainage system without any interruptions of the traffic in the tunnel.

Unique product

User Benefits

● <1.000 to/a CO² emissions

● 0 l/min water consumption

● Up to -70% costs saved

● No locking times

DrainBot is an autonomous robotic system that reduces cost and environmental impact of main­tenance, while also reducing hazard for the employees as their time spent in the tunnel is reduced to zero.

Our system also improves the profitability of tunnel operation through significant reduction in locking times, benefiting both passengers, logistic companies and tunnel operators. This improves profitability of ownership and operation of tunnels. Unlike water jetting solutions that use lots of water and heavy machinery, DrainBot uses only the resources in the drainage system.

Our solution is designed primarely for implementation in railway and road tunnels. However, our experienced team will be able to adapt our system to your needs (for example airports, storm water systems, bridges, etc.). Contact us and book an appointment to find out more.

Leading with Innovation

Full automatisation

Robust Hardware

DrainBot is a novel autonomous, robotic system that uses an unconventional maintenance technique to improve the efficiency and sustainability of tunnels while reducing the costs and hazards related to drainage maintenance. Our system is designed to withstand the harshest conditions in its operative environment. It is resistant to water, temperature changes, high mineral content, mechanical force and it can operate fully autonomously, making it adaptable for integration and operation.

Internet of things

Value-generating Data

Our system collects data about the status of the drainage in tunnels and uses this information to further optimise its efficiency. This way we can not only maintain the tunnel drainage, but also improve the insights we are gathering about its status and changes over time. In addition, collected data allows us to better predict the maintenance intensity so the optimal status of the drainage can be kept at all times. This generates value not only to DrainBot, but also to our customers as they can always access the status of their tunnel drainage systems remotely, learn from it and optimise their operations based on the analysis we are offering.

SDGs at the core of our strategy

With the innovative technology that DrainBot ocontributes to the preservation of our environment and embraces Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by focusing on the following:

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