Bridge Structural Inspections using Bridge Information Models (BrIM) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

This research project will develop a novel framework that implements Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies to improve current manual bridge inspection technique. UAVs enable safe and rapid collection of visual bridge inspection data in the form of digital images. BrIM, on the other hand, enables storing all bridge data, including its drawings and 3D models, material specifications, inspection notes, images and others, in a central object-oriented database that can be accessed from both the office and the field. Computer vision algorithms will be used to detect cracks from UAV images automatically based on statistical learning theory. This information will be used to automate the creation or update of bridge database, i.e. 3D BrIM. Using the proposed framework would enable automated and remote assessment of bridge conditions. The framework will implement the state-of-the-art condition assessment codes and standards, and it should contribute to a) providing an improved means of accurately documenting the structural condition assessment data, b) eliminating errors resulting from data transcription, and c) providing more cost effective and safer bridge inspections. All of these factors should help assist in maintaining U.S. bridges in a state of good repair.


    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $35000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

      University of Washington
      More Hall Room 112
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      School of Civil and Construction Engineering, 101 Kearney Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
    • Project Managers:

      Turkan, Yelda

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

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

      Turkan, Yelda

    • Start Date: 20170816
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190815
    • Actual Completion Date: 20190701
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01701481
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Apr 5 2019 3:47PM