Traffic Disruption-Free Bridge Inspection Initiative with Robotic Systems

The goals of this pooled-fund initiative are to engage closely with several state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the early stage of technology development at the INSPIRE University Transportation Center, and leverage the center resources to develop case studies, protocols, and guidelines that can be adopted by state DOTs for bridge inspection without adversely impacting traffic. The initiative involves the integration, field demonstration and documentation of a robotic system of structural crawlers, UAVs, NDE devices, sensors, and data analytics. Depending on the interest of participating DOTs, the objectives of this initiative include, but are not limited to: (1) Development of inspection protocols for various types of bridges with the robotic system integrated into current practice. (2) Comparison and correlation of bridge deck inspections from above and underneath decks to understand the reliability of traffic disruption-free bridge inspection from underneath. (3) Design and technical guidelines of measurement devices on a robotic platform for the detection of surface and internal damage/deterioration in structural members, and for the change in lateral support of foundations. (4) Data fusion and analytics of measurements taken from various imaging and sensing systems for consistency and reliability.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $725000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1408 E Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Missouri Department of Transportation

    1617 Missouri Blvd.
    P.O. Box 270
    Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    600 West Peachtree St
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    PO Box 7910
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 104
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910
  • Managing Organizations:

    Missouri Department of Transportation

    1617 Missouri Boulevard
    P.O. Box 270
    Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102
  • Project Managers:

    Harper, Jennifer

  • Performing Organizations:

    Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

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

    Chen, Genda

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20250731

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01709899
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(395), TR202004
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2019 9:56PM