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Bridge Inspection Robot Finds Cracks and Determines Deterioration

A bridge inspection robot has been developed by researchers at Rutgers University with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. The robot uses ground penetrating radar, ultrasonic waves and high definition imaging to determine the health of aging concrete…

Smart Sensors Transform Bridges

June 1, 2014 - in Bridges, Sensors, Transportation

A new type of sensor is under development in the civil engineering department of the University of British Columbia that can sense changes in the stress…

New Study Catalogs Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure

Following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, New York City’s essential infrastructure needs were made a top policy priority for the…

3D Technology Enhances Underwater Bridge Inspection

A new technology that uses 3D-imaging sonar will enable MnDOT engineers to visualize the substructure of a bridge in a way they never have before. Until now, MnDOT has relied on human divers and depth finders to identify problems beneath the water. Divers…

Measuring Concrete Cracks Safely and Accurately Using the Leica Viva TS11 KUMONOS

Leica Geosystems and Kansai Construction Survey Company announced today the release of the KUMONOS system, a safe and easy-to-use concrete crack monitoring system using the Leica Viva TS11 Total Station. The KUMONOS system allows users to accurately measure…

A New Sensor System Would Flag Structural Weaknesses before Bridges and Stadiums Collapse

February 23, 2014 - in Bridges, Facility Management, Projects, Sensors

NJIT will be part of an international team of engineers from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Qatar developing a novel system to detect the onset of structural damage on bridges, stadiums and other large public infrastructure. With a grant of just over…

Canada Infrastructure Budget Favors Parks and Bridges

February 12, 2014 - in Bridges, Construction

The federal budget has money for national parks and a few ongoing transportation projects, but municipalities eager to tap into a $14-billion federal fund for infrastructure projects over the next decade will have to wait a little longer for details on the…

Drones Inspect One of the Longest Bridges in Germany

November 14, 2013 - in Bridges, Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

Drones can go places convectional devices can’t. It is deployed when an inspection or operation is too dangerous for humans to carry out. What we are talking about is the Aibot X6 developed by Aibotix in Kassel. The hexacopter was developed to meet the highest…

Minnesota Trials Infrared Camera to Inspect Bridges

September 3, 2013 - in Bridges, Maintenance, Projects, Transportation

Over the last several years, MnDOT has been participating in a national pooled-fund study on using infrared cameras to spot subsurface damage on bridge decks. These damaged areas just below the deck surface are called “delaminations,” and they’re what…

New Jersey Compiles a Map of Defective Bridges

May 8, 2013 - in Bridges, Projects, Transportation

One in four New Jersey bridges is in poor condition or inadequate to handle modern traffic loads, according to an analysis of National Bridge Inventory data. Of almost 6,600 bridges included in the 2012 inventory, 9.3 percent were rated structurally deficient,…