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CableScan® Cable Stayed Bridge Inspection Service

Visual For NBI Inspections and Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) To Peer through the HDPE cable and locate inside the steel HDPE sheathing.

CableScan® is a patented robotic cable stay inspection service that consists of two inspection services.  The first utilizes high definition video technology. CableScan® Visual does not require lane closures, man-lifts, bucket trucks or night time inspections. It is a self-propelled robotic system controlled by a base station that receives HD video and MFL transmissions from the robotic crawler. 


By utilizing IPC’s robotic CableScan®  any imperfections along the cable stay are recorded as well as length traveled along the stay and corresponding length traveled along the deck. We can provide the length and size of cracks and other abnormalities on the cable stay. The internal technology in CableScan® utilizes magnetic flux leakage to locate section loss and corrosion through the HDPE sheathing on the exterior strands of steel inside of the steel cables.

CableScan® MFL -Magnetic Flux Leakage Robot;  Portable, Light Weight, Wireless. No lane closures or bucket trucks required.

Robotic Bridge Inspection for Cable Stayed Bridges.

  • * Does away with Manual Subjective inspections.
  • * No lane closures or bucket trucks required. (Fewer accidents for traveling public)
  • * Portable, wireless unit peers through 360 degrees of the Cable to locate problem areas that need further investigation inside the outer layer of critical steel.  The cables inside the HDPE protective cover is the part of the cable that helps hold up the bridge

 Most of today’s inspections only inspect the wrapping surrounding the steel

CableScan® can be used as a screening tool to monitor deterioration and know when further investigation is needed. 

Details of Grout Ports

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Multiple Views, Angles &
Detail Recorded

Bridge inspection with robotic NBI inspection

CableScan® inspections take into account all of the required parameters of Federal Highways (FHWA) for bridge cable inspections.  The location of any abnormalities along the cable stay are recorded so follow up maintenance and reviews can be performed. In addition the the location on the cable as well as the location on the ground are recorded so that maintenance crews can park their truck directly under the affected area. This makes is easier to instantly access the correct location for repair work.


By maintaining a historical record of the inspection, any inconsistencies however slight can be reviewed over multiple inspection cycles to quickly determine if there has been any increase in deterioration so that further repair action can be taken if needed.




  • *No Lane Closures
  • *Saves money (Inspection)
  • *No Boom Trucks
  • *Saves money (Repairing in a timely fashion will extend the service life)
*Safer for the inspectors
  • *Less Subjective than current methods
  • *Safer for the public (No boom trucks parked on the bridge at night)
  • *Deterioration Progression can be properly monitored

CableScan® MFL (Magnetic Flux)

Updating 50 year old manual and subjective inspections with modern technology and robotics.

Robotic cable stay bridge inspection service.  CableScan MFL is a magnetic flux leakage robotic inspection unit that can locate and quantify inside an HDPE cable on the outside steel layer and be used as a screening tool to know when further action may be needed.  This advancement for NBI and interim inspections provides more quantitative data than ever viewed before.

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CableScan® Visual Inspection Service Presentation Visual

Infrastructure and Bridge Inspections made easy!

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Provides a condition assessment report that helps provide an action plan for repairs.

Steel Bridge Cable Visual Inspection and HDPE Cable  MFL Inspection

  • Steel Bridge CablesThrough the use of IPC’s new patented and proprietary testing equipment and procedures, our inspectors can perform Cable Condition Assessments of bridge cables identifying loss of section and broken wires through the HDPE sheathing in the top layer of steel strands inside the cables. Our inspectors do not need cranes or bucket trucks. 
  • In addition, they do not require lane closures. CableScan® is a self-propelled robotic inspection system that attaches to the cable and travels along the full length of the cable transmitting data to the inspector’s laptop.
  • Steel Bridge CablesCableScan® can identify corrosion, loss of section and broken wires on site on the outside steel layer as well as cracks, holes and other anomaly’s on a cable. IPC delivers a comprehensive report identifying individual strand conditions as well as overall condition assessments of the cable system for the bridge.
  • In addition, IPC can take high definition video of the entire Cable Stay and locate length  of a crack or anomaly on the exterior of the cable as well as position on the structure. With each inspection cycle a comparative analysis of any anomalies over time can help with early repairs and more efficient asset management potentially saving lives.  Safer for the inspector and safer for the traveling public.

CableScan® Inspection Service Presentation

Non Destructive Testing and Robotic Engineering .

Fixing our infrastructure with technology, not tax dollars. 

-Safer for Inspectors 
-Safer for the traveling public!

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