Cost-effective Bridge Safety Inspections Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

The objective of this research is to evaluate how well unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology can be used to perform visual bridge inspections. Since the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires biennial bridge inspections, evaluating this exciting and emerging technology will provide helpful information to every region in the United States. To accomplish this objective, necessary goals are to: (1) investigate existing UAV technology, including available platforms, sensors, flight controllers, and mission planning tools; (2) review FHWA requirements for performing bridge inspections per 23 CFR Part 650; 3), acquire UAV-based imagery and video for 1-3 representative bridges; (4) develop recommendations for how to properly plan flights for bridge inspections; (5) analyze resulting images and video to determine which FHWA bridge requirements are satisfied (and which ones are not satisfied); and (6), transfer to the departments of transportation (DOTs) recommendations on how to properly implement UAVs for performing bridge inspections.


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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
    • Project Managers:

      Gillins, Dan

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      Department of Civil Engineering
      202 Apperson Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
    • Principal Investigators:

      Gillins, Dan

    • Start Date: 20150116
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20160615
    • Source Data: RiP Project 39244

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01556943
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC40
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 14 2015 1:00AM