Quadcopter with Heterogeneous Sensors for Autonomous Bridge Inspection

Continuously monitoring a bridge's health by sensor technologies has been widely used to maintain the operation of a roadwork while protecting public users' safety. However, monitoring and inspecting numerous bridges in a state is a labor-intense and costly task. A recent survey (Gastineau et al. 2009) shows that among 25 sensors used in 38 companies, there is no autonomous system capable of inspecting bridges. The project will advance the bridge monitoring technology a step further by developing a quadcopter with heterogeneous sensors, which aims to enable the autonomous bridge inspection.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

    Department of Engineering
    202 University Center
    Rolla, MO    65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Yin, Zhaozheng

  • Start Date: 20120815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33552

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483118
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2013 1:01AM