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Title: Evaluation of remotely piloted aircraft systems as a bridge inspection tool

Source: fplrip-4719-032-SDSU-Wacker-Seo

Author(s)Wacker, James; Seo, Junwon

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) investigated the structural integrity and performance of our nation’s infrastructure. The December 2013 ASCE report card for America’s infrastructure indicated that 11% of the nation’s bridges were classified as structurally deficient and nearly 25% were classified as functionally obsolete. Although the percentage of structurally deficient bridges has slightly declined in the past few years, visual inspection for a significant number of such bridges is needed to better identify damage and determine the appropriate retrofit methods. Due to increasing costs and limited accessibility of bridge inspection with current inspection technology, the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems equipped with high-resolution cameras may provide an effective means for bridge inspection. Drone technology may provide a more efficient tool for improving or enhancing current bridge inspection practices for timber bridges with visible damage and decay in inaccessible areas that could cause structural degradation.

Keywords: drone; timber; bridge; image; damage; identification; inspection

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 1,024 kb(s)

Date posted: 02/01/2017
RITS Product ID: 83996
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer

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