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2A Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 Indian Valley Record Indian Valley again Watt.00nburg proving ground About to make Greenville a proving ground again, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories engineer Farid Dowla (center), Chico State mechatronics students and others share a moment of relief after a problem with the experimental deep penetrating radar is as simple as plugging in a loose wire. Photos by Alicia'Knadler Engineer Farid Dowla and summer intern Ahmad Aladdasi smile when they see the first data stream from the deep penetrating radar and they can make out where things are buried underground. Photos by Alicia Knadler Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor Greenville is once again a proving ground for experi- ments with life-saving tech- nologies that may be used in both humanitarian and mili- tary or homeland security ap- plications. This time, it wasn't an in- vention of renowned Greenville and Bay Area resi- dent Bill Wattenburg, al- though he played a key role in bringing people together to make it happen. In Department of Defense, law enforcement and humani- tarian circles, Wattenburg is best known for his knack of finding the simplest and most economical solutions for situ- ations with the potential to endanger many lives. Back in 2006, his Forest Lodge was the site of experi- ments with his tethered scout invention, an inexpensive and easy-to-use robotic bomb seeker and detonator. In 2005 it was experiments with his chain-matrix minesweeper that could be applied via heavy helicopter or plow. Chico State research associ- ate and mechatronic engineer Jason Coates has worked on Wattenburg's inventions be- fore, but this time he's defi- nitely graduated from com- bining monster trucks and Sony PlayStations to using a four-wheel drive radio-con- trolled Kubota to power and pull a sled holding the cur- rent experiment. It's a 16-channel high-fre- quency radar device that can "see" things deeper in the ground than ever be- fore, according to inventor Farid Dowla, an engineer at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. As a result of his association with Lawrence Livermore and his past work with Coates and others, Wattenburg knew who Dowla would need on his team to create an easy-to-deliver and assemble platform for his invention. Besides Coates, two other Chico State Research Founda- tion mechatronics students joined the platform-develop- ment team, Scott Vanni and Mitchell D'Ewart. With Dowla was Lawrence Livermore summer intern Ahmad Aladdasi and Roger TiUey, from neighboring San- dia National Laboratory of Livermore. The equipment they were experimenting with above Greenville included the pulseEKKO 100, a low-fre- quency radar system manu- factured by Sensors and Soft- ware of Canada, and the high- frequency radar Dowla de- signed and had custom-built by MAL/ Geoscience, a Swedish company that spe- cializes in ground-penetrating radar systems. After the first run of the high-frequency radar, both Dowla and Aladdasi smiled as they saw the data stream. The variable high-frequen- cy imaging is of a high enough resolution that they can see there is something buried un- derground, and what that something might be. For the experiment, it was household appliances, though in the real world it will proba- bly be land mines and under- ground bombs, like those be- ing used against troops and police in Afghanistan and Iraq. "Hopefully, we will be able to eventually combine low frequency and high frequency so we get depth and resolu- tion," Dowla said, which would be a first he added. "The main story is these are the sharpest guys at the lab who are trying to figure out ways to find the tunnels on the border, the bombs and whatever else the enemy has hidden underground," Wat- tenburg said. iiiiiiiiii!iiii!:ii!i!iii! i! ! i!! 00iii i!ii i i .... ' .............. 1 800 434 7428 " 530-257-5767 NE T w o R K. Visit us online at: AUTHORIZED RETAILER Digital HO... Advantage plan reduires 24-menth agreement and credit qualification, ff service s terminateq before the end of agreement, a canceilation fee of $17.50/month remaining applies. Programming credits apply during first 12 months. Sf0/me HD add.on fee waived for life of current acc,:J nt: requires Agreement, AutoPey vaLh Pass Bi|ing. 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