Use of Canines as a Corrosion Detection Device

This proposal outlines the utilization of canines for the detection of corrosion within bridges and other large concrete structures. This proposal will identify the proper techniques required to effectively and rapidly train a canine to detect corrosion and apply this detection capability to actual concrete structures. Figures of merit such as accuracy of detection and comparisons to current schemes such as magnetic flux will also be reported. The main objective of this research is to improve the CTDOT accelerated bridge construction (ABC) decision making tool to obtain an improved tool that is more comprehensive, less subjective, and more flexible to be used by other state departments of transportation (DOTs). The improvements will be made by (1) Considering the benefits of ABC on roadway safety, (2) Considering the contributions of ABC to social equity and environmental justice, (3) Developing quantitative measures for the evaluation of decision criteria where possible, and (4) Using a systematic method for the determination of relative importance (weights) of criteria. A case study will be used to demonstrate the applicability of the improved tool.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Florida International University

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    10555 W. Flagler Street, EC 3680
    Miami, FL  United States  33174
  • Principal Investigators:

    Furton, Kenneth G

  • Start Date: 20220501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01889262
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747121
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 28 2023 8:54AM