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.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $186,319
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Alaska Division
    709 West 9th Street,
    Juneau, AK  United States  99802-1648
  • Managing Organizations:

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities RD&T2

    3132 Channek Dr.
    Juneau, AK  United States  99801
  • Project Managers:

    Bosin, Anna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Puppala, Anand

    Congress, Surya

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20240131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01789488
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2021 3:11PM