Develop a UAV Platform for Automated Bridge Inspection

Inspecting the health of bridges is important to maintain the operation of a road network while protecting public users' safety. However, routinely inspecting numerous bridges in a state over a long time period by human is a labor-intense and costly task, or a dangerous task in some environments such as inspecting the underneath of a bridge spanning across a rushing river. This project seeks to develop an automated bridge inspection technology that can make the inspection process safer, more efficient and convenient. The focus of this research is to study the technical foundation of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system capable of remotely inspecting bridges with sensors without interfering with the road operation. The applicability of this technique will be validated by a prototype UAV system with field testing.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $30000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      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: 20130701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 34785

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01487949
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2013 1:01AM