Il-Chan Lee


There are many different technologies and equipment to search for objects underground today including mine ore, water, mineral or oil, but almost none of those technologies and equipment are applied to searching for people. This research will help to define what kinds of detecting methods exist, and what kind of technologies could be possibly applied for detecting human beings underground. ... The primary goal is to develop a new system for rescuing people under special circumstances such as building collapses, earthquakes, and being trapped underground (e.g., mine shaft collapses). There are many different technologies that could be applied to these situations. However, many of these technologies and devices are not appropriate for these sensitive circumstances. The most important process through this thesis is to find the best and most accurate technologies for detecting and locating victims underground, and to define the most efficient system to save as many lives as possible. This thesis proposes and suggests the best way to rescue trapped people underground. It will solve the problems we have faced for a long time, and help rescuers to protect victims' lives as well as their own.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rescue work--Equipment and supplies--Design and construction; Search and rescue operations--Equipment and supplies--Design and construction; Sensor networks--Design and construction; Helmets--Design and construction

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Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


David Morgan

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Woo Sam Yi


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at HV553 .L44 2007


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