Robotic Engineering Firm Helps Insure Bridge Safety With Robotic Safety Inspections
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Helping To Extend The Service Life Of Infrastructure Worldwide
Infraspect manufactures its own infrastructure inspection robots to help insure bridge & infrastructure safety worldwide. With weather patterns changing and growing populations causing increased traffic loads, properly inspecting our aging infrastructure has become a priority. How better to do this than by updating the way that inspections are conducted. Infraspect has brought modern technology and robotics to the forefront of transportation infrastructure inspections.
Robotics will just begin to permeate our lives in the next 20 years says Thaler, president of Infraspect. The great thing about our industry is that these robots won’t replace inspectors. We will re-train the existing experts that have been conducting bridge and infrastructure inspections manually for the past 50 years to conduct those inspections using the latest technology and robotics to provide the best results.
There is no way a human can report the level of detail that can be obtained by robots and the department of transportation is in desperate need of the best data they can get. The new quantitative data will help the DOT better allocate their assets to maintain and extend the service life of critical infrastructure assets, continued Thaler.
The current manual inspection methods are no longer sustainable and are open to errors that reduce efficiency, increase costs, and have an increased level of danger to the public and the inspectors. Infraspect’s technology is based on a myriad of nondestructive testing technologies brought together for their highest and best use. Some of these include; Magnetic Flux, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Ultrasonics, LIDAR, Infrared, etc. These technologies combined with interpretation software and advanced robotics provide the most comprehensive data available today.
The old ways of testing infrastructure are subjective in nature, more costly, and highly inefficient. After many years of research and development, Infraspect continues to roll out new disruptive robotic devices that can detect areas of concern long before they become a danger to the public. Some of their services for transportation infrastructure include; bridge inspections, post-tension tendon inspections, concrete inspections, cable-stay inspections, high mast light pole inspections, drawbridge inspections, and more.
Infraspect inspection services
With these patented robots, Infraspect can provide 21st-century results that deliver quantitative data and update 50-year-old manual inspection methods. The technology can be utilized for almost every area of transportation infrastructure as well as Dams, Ports, Levies, Water Control Structures, Oil & Gas Pipelines, and more.
Some of the benefits of robotic devices over manual inspection include:
- Quantitative Vs Subjective Data
- Monitoring of deterioration progression over time
- Less costly
- Fewer traffic interruptions
- Safer for the public and for the inspectors
- Exceeds FHWA and AASHTO requirements
More possibilities with TendonScan®
Almost all large concrete structures depend on post-tensioning or post-tension tendons to keep them from collapsing under their own weight. Many of these structures built years ago are still being inspected visually or by hitting a tendon with a hammer and listening for differences in the sounds. Infraspect provides the first of its kind post-tension tendon inspection named TendonScan® that peers into the tendon to locate section loss due to corrosion within a post-tension tendon.
Infraspect’s robotic devices provide the quantitative data the department of transportation that they require to properly manage their budgets and make the needed repairs that will both keep the bridge sound and the public safe.
Technologies for infrastructure testing
Robotic devices that incorporate advanced technologies can deliver such accurate information that they should be quickly adopted by the department of transportation. The cost to conduct these inspections is no more than the manual inspections being conducted today, they just have a better and more useable deliverable said a representative of Infraspect.
Incorporating these technologies into robotic devices that could conduct very specific inspections took years of R&D to perfect. In order for them to be adopted, they had to conform to Federal Highway Association and AASHTO guidelines. Infraspect claims that all of its inspections far exceed those guidelines.
Infraspect is a complex bridge inspection and robotics engineering firm pioneering the use of robotic devices and methodologies to detect defects in infrastructure. The company holds several patents in technologies that are highly efficient in helping to extend the services life and safety of infrastructure worldwide.
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