Improved UAV-Based Structural Inspection Techniques and Technologies for Northeast Bridges

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” are revolutionizing some basic reconnaissance, including structural inspections. This project seeks to enhance and expand the range of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to aid inspection of transportation structures. This project is primarily aimed at UAV modifications to allow new ways for the vehicles to get additional information, for example allowing the UAV to come in contact with the structure to allow for more high-fidelity measurements, or developing sensor array packages that can be varied based on the structure and the information desired. Proposed tasks include work with commercially available UAVs and development of new prototypes that can be used in specialized applications. Subsequent tasks will examine ways to optimize both the data collection and data interpretation, using artificial intelligence (AI)-based data fusion approaches. Finally, both laboratory and field testing and validation are proposed. The work will be conducted in collaboration with both the Maine Department of Transportation and an engineering consultant VHB.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $566743
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551847101

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711
  • Principal Investigators:

    Landis, Eric

    Friess, Wilhelm "Alex"

    Shirazi, Ali

  • Start Date: 20201001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01759899
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847101
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 9 2020 4:43PM