Robotic Technology That Can Help Save Our Infrastructure!
Robotic Engineering Firm Helps Insure Bridge Safety With Robotic Safety InspectionsSeptember 29th, 2017 Author: Doug Thaler
“Infrastructure Preservation Corporation manufactures their own infrastructure inspection robots to help insure bridge & infrastructure safety worldwide. With weather patterns changing and violent weather becoming more frequent along with growing populations and increased traffic loads, properly inspecting our ageing infrastructure has become a priority. Robotics will just begin to permeate our lives in the next 20 years says Thaler, president of IPC. The great thing about our industry is that these robots won’t replace inspectors. We will retrain the experts that have been conducting bridge and infrastructure inspections manually for the past 30 years to conduct those inspections using the latest technology to provide the best results.
There is no way a human can report the level of detail that can be obtained by robotics and the department of transportation is in desperate need of the best data they can get. The new quantitative data will help the DOT better allocate their assets to maintain and extend the service life of critical infrastructure assets, continued Thaler. The current manual inspection methods are no longer sustainable and are open to errors that reduce efficiency, increases costs, have an increased level of danger to the public and the inspectors. The technology is based on a myriad of nondestructive testing technologies brought together for their highest and best use. Some of these include; Magnetic Flux, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Ultrasonics, LIDAR, Infrared, etc.. These technologies combined with interpretation software and advanced robotics provide the most comprehensive data available today.
More information available on the website www.infrastructurepc.com.
“The old ways of testing infrastructure is subjective in nature, more costly, and highly inefficient. After many years of research and development, IPC continues to roll out new disruptive robotic devices that can detect areas of concern long before they become a danger to the public. Some of their services for transportation infrastructure include bridge inspections, post tension tendon inspections, concrete inspections, cable stay inspections, high mast light pole inspections, drawbridge inspections and more.
IPC inspection services
With these patented robots, IPC can provide 21st-century results that delivers quantitative data and updates 50 year old manual inspection methods. The technology can be utilized for almost every area of transportation infrastructure as well as Dams, Ports, Levies, Water Control Structures, Oil & Gas Pipelines and more.
Benefits of robotic devices over manual inspection includes:
- Quantitative Vs Subjective Data
- Monitoring of deterioration progression over time
- Less costly
- Fewer traffic interruptions
- Safer for the public and for the inspectors
- Exceeds FHWA and AASHTO requirements
More possibilities with TendonScan®
Almost all large concrete structures depend on post tensioning or post tension tendons to keep them from collapsing under their own weight. Many of these structures built years ago are still being inspected visually or by hitting a tendon with a hammer and listening for differences in the sounds. Infrastructure Preservation Corporation provides the first of its kind post tension tendon inspection named TendonScan® that peers into the tendon to locate section loss due to corrosion within a post tension tendon.
IPC’s robotic devices provide the quantitative data the department of transportation that they require to properly manage their budgets and make the needed repairs that will both keep the bridge sound and the public safe.
Technologies for infrastructure testing
Robotic devices that incorporate advanced technologies can deliver such accurate information that it should be quickly adopted by the department of transportation. The cost to conduct these inspection is no more than the manual inspections being conducted today, they just have a better and more useable deliverable said a representative of IPC. Incorporating these technologies into robotic devices that could conduct very specific inspections took years of R&D to perfect. In order for them to be adopted they had to conform to Federal Highway Association and AASHTO guidelines. IPC claims that all of their inspections far exceed those guidelines.
About Infrastructure Preservation Corporation
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation is a complex bridge inspection and robotics engineering firm pioneering the use of robotic devices and methodologies to detect defects in infrastructure. The company holds several patents in technologies that are highly efficient in helping to extend the services life and safety of infrastructure worldwide.
For more information, please contact 727-372-2900 ext. 24., [email protected],
Company Name: Infrastructure Preservation Corporation
Contact Person: Doug Thaler
Email: [email protected]
Country: United States
Reprinted from https://www.abc-7.com/story/36453902/robotic-engineering-firm-helps-insure-bridge-safety-with-robotic-safety-inspections