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INSPIRE University Transportation Center Webinar – June 26, 2024

Parul Dubey on May 28, 2024 - in Announcement, Events

INSPIRE University Transportation Center Presents: 

Recent Development on Bridge Inspection Robot Deployment Systems (BIRDS)


June 26, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)



To meet federal requirements for new data collection, Bridge Inspection Robot Deployment Systems (BIRDS) at the INSPIRE University Transportation Center expand their capabilities for the field tests of real-world bridges. This webinar will introduce the design and testing of new robots that are interactive with bridges for high-quality inspection tasks, which is also applicable to local maintenance, and data fusion for 3D reconstruction to support bridge asset management. Specific strategies for the BIRDS advancement include: (1) A hybrid flying and traversing vehicle is attached to bridge girders as a stationary inspection platform to inspect bridge decks, girders, and piers and collect high-quality data from RGB and infrared cameras as well as a lidar scanner; (2) An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carries and launches a small lightweight crawler to inspect steel members and connections in great details through a microscope or a crack probe; and (3) An UAV is equipped with an aerial manipulator for tele-maintenance, such as screwing and drilling tasks, and nondestructive testing, such as ground penetrating radar, of reinforced concrete members for defect detection and localization. More than 42% of over 617,000 U.S. bridges are 50 years (design life) or older. It is thus imperative to meet more frequent and more rigorous preservation needs to ensure that the aging infrastructure is safe during everyday operations and resilient to increasing catastrophic events associated with climate change. In recent years, inspection data are increasingly being used to support a more proactive approach of asset management to make structures not only safe but also maintainable to minimize life-cycle costs. This broadening of inspection scope requires a significant shift in practice from fully visual inspection to partially visual inspection supplemented with advanced technologies such as remote sensing, nondestructive evaluation, and structural monitoring. These technologies enable the implementation of objective decision-making processes in asset management and the understanding of infrastructure resilience.



Genda Chen, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI, F. ISHMI, F. SPIE, F. TGI

Professor and Abbett Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering (https://care.mst.edu)

Director, Center for Intelligent Infrastructure (https://cii.mst.edu)

Director, INSPIRE University Transportation Center (https://inspire-utc.mst.edu)

Missouri University of Science and Technology (https://www.mst.edu)

Tel: (573) 341-4462; Email: [email protected]; URL: http://web.mst.edu/~gchen/


For more information, visit http://inspire-utc.mst.edu/webinars/.

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