We don't have to tell you that bridge inspections can be a challenge. From having to schedule expensive equipment to shutting down traffic and, in some cases, working in dangerous areas, inspections can take a lot of time and money while exposing your inspectors to risk.
The COVID-19 quarantine caused a significant shift to working remotely. This technology also presents the possibility of remote inspections for bridges and structures. Can you imagine reviewing a bridge structure in the comfort of your home or office? How about navigating a multi-span bridge and experiencing the inspection as if you were standing an arm's length away? Now you can through the immersive virtual inspection capabilities of Bentley System’s AssetWise and iTwin platform within Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.
With immersive inspections, bridge inspectors can conduct 80% to 90% of the inspection in the office or remotely, which allows them to identify significant areas of concern, mark-up potential problems, and then create a plan to complete the remainder of the inspection in the field. This process makes the overall inspection quicker, less costly, and safer. Between the reduction in labor hours and lowered costs for equipment rental, insurance, and related items, the potential for savings up to 50% are not remote.
By combing digital twin, AI, and machine learning technology, we can turn challenges into opportunities to increase the quality of inspection data and improve safety for inspectors and the public at large. This saves you time and money.
Editor's Note: Scranton Gillette Communications and the SGC Infrastructure Group are not liable for the accuracy, efficacy and validity of the claims made in this piece. The views expressed in this content do not reflect the position of the Roads & Bridges' Editorial Team.