Eyes in the Sky: Bridge Inspections with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The overall goal of this research is to determine the capabilities and limitations of performing structural inspections with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In addition to investigating bridges, the research team will also evaluate the performance of UAVs in inspecting wireless communication towers. Similar to bridges, communication towers also need to be routinely inspected, requiring extensive climbing, bucket trucks, and ropes and harnesses. Because the inspection of bridges and communication towers present similar safety concerns, and because UAVs could potentially reduce their inspection dangers and costs, both types of structures will be investigated.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Contract Numbers:

      SPR 787

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Oregon Department of Transportation

      555 13th Street NE
      Salem, OR  United States  97301
    • Project Managers:

      Li, Xiugang (Joe)

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      101 Kearney Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331
    • Principal Investigators:

      Gillins, Daniel

    • Start Date: 20150902
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180130
    • Actual Completion Date: 20171231

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01599101
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Oregon Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPR 787
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 18 2016 2:17PM