25/02/2015: RTI with WATEX© nominated for 2017 Space Technology Hall of Fame by the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. Since then, 75 technologies have been inducted.
Experience and innovation
Dr. Alain Gachet founded RTI in 1996 after spending years leading discovery efforts for multinational oil and gas companies. An experienced geologist and geophysicist, Dr. Gachet began experimenting with Geo-Scanner technology in 1999 while exploring structures linked to the genesis of gold and other base metals in the Republic of Congo. There, he utilized the technology to penetrate the rainforest canopy and reveal geological features beneath the ground's surface.
He's also "Chevalier de la légion d'honneur" since july 2015 for his work done in the search for water in drought affected countries and for post-war reconstruction in Africa and the Middle East.
A history of helping people
In 2004, the Darfur crisis displaced 250,000 refugees in Chad and forced them into camps with another 2 million people displaced in Sudan. Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, RTI found enough water within four months to sustain the refugee camps in Chad and subsequently received funding to continue working in Sudan. There, Dr. Gachet and his team discovered enough water to support 3 million people.
Years later, Dr. Gachet and his team accurately detected the source and direction of water leakage in Libya's Great Man-Made River, which sparked an effort to hone the technology's uses for the detection of aquifers. With a renewed sense of urgency to locate underground water, Dr. Gachet harnessed his decades of traditional oil and gas exploration experience to begin developing RTI's patented water exploration and discovery system, WATEX™.RTI's US counterpart is working to locate untapped water reservoirs in the state of Texas. Today, RTI is prepared to assist drillers in finding water using its patented WATEX™ maps and Groundwater Exploration Navigation Systems (GENS).
RTI's list of accomplishment
- Helping refugees in war-torn countries like Afghanistan
- Aiding post-war reconstruction efforts in Angola
- Assisting the Kurdish government during a major drought
- Uncovering 66 trillion gallons of potable water in the drought-stricken Turkana region of northwest Kenya