Project: UAV Based Inspections for Highway Bridge and Structural Condition Monitoring and Inspection Works
Research tasks to address the safe and effective use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platform for performing routine bridge, tower, and public facility inspections. tasks include: 1) Develop UAV test protocols for performing aerial surveys/inspections of various infrastructure elements (Public Facility vertical structure inspection will include looking for heat loss, cladding deterioration, sealing issues) 2) Supplement a number of bridge (10), high mast tower (1), and public facility building (2) inspections and rating surveys by proactive condition monitoring of these infrastructure assets using UAV based inspections. 3) Perform a cost/benefit analysis to determine what size or types of structures warrant the use of UAVs for supplemental inspections. 4) Create a minimum specification for the hardware, software, UAV, and associated accessories that are specific to structural inspections.