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Engineers Deploy Flying Robots and Wireless Sensors to Monitor Deteriorating Bridges

As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential…

Woolpert to Provide Aerial Photography and Mapping Services for West Virginia

Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm headquartered in Dayton, announced that it has been awarded a one-year contract…

Sensors, Wireless Tech Help States Monitor Troubled Bridges

July 9, 2014 - in Maintenance, Sensors

Today, 73 percent of U.S. road traffic and 90 percent of truck traffic travels over state-owned bridges. The American Association of State Highway and…

As Highway Trust Fund Nears Collapse, Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Worry About Unsafe Conditions

June 18, 2014 - in Maintenance, Projects, Transportation

As the Highway Trust Fund nears collapse, a new national random-sample survey released today shows that a majority of Americans are worried about unsafe conditions on roads and highways. Nearly three in ten say poor road conditions have contributed to an accident…

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 condition and temperature of a concrete structure - such as bridges and other civil infrastructure - by…

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 first time in decades. The scale and severity of the storm prompted numerous studies to assess the damage…

WVU Students Bridge Infrastructure Gap

March 31, 2014 - in Maintenance, Transportation

Thanks to composite materials and a WVU-designed bridge rehabilitation project, a badly rusted span providing access to a campground at East Lynn Lake has been saved from possible demolition. The span will open to traffic as scheduled in May, and should serve…

Are Infrastructure Needs Truly Urgent?

March 14, 2014 - in Maintenance

After a gas explosion in East Harlem killed at least eight people on Wednesday, New Yorkers were shocked to learn that some gas mains in the area, and probably elsewhere, are 127 years old. While it’s unclear what caused the blast or whether the main was…

Leica Geosystems Launches ComGate10 Wireless Router to Enable Fast and Secure Continuous Deformation Monitoring

March 5, 2014 - in Corporate, Sensors

Leica Geosystems has announced the launch of its first wireless router for continuous monitoring, the Leica ComGate10. As integral part of Leica Geosystems’ mobile communication solution M-Com, ComGate10 is the first plug and play router on the market that…

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…