Bridge Inspection

Shakopee, Minn., pedestrian bridge inspection

The senseFly Albris drone inspecting a pedestrian bridge in Shakopee, Minn.

Article July 05, 2018
The ability to collect and process large amounts of data is transforming our world.   Many industries including healthcare, finance, energy, communication and transportation are finding ways to utilize data to improve people’s lives. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in...
FIU bridge
News May 14, 2018
The Miami Herald has reportedly obtained documents from Florida International University (FIU) through a public records request that indicate cracks were observed in the newly installed campus pedestrian bridge two weeks before its deadly collapse.   Photographs and an internal email that had...
UAVs
News May 03, 2018
This October, the 4th Annual Commercial UAV Expo trade show will host a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) vendors showcasing airframes, components, software and services all focused on commercial applications.   The event, which was recently recognized by Trade Show Network News as one of the...
UAV drones
News April 26, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is adding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help its engineering staff safely and more efficiently inspect bridges and perform surveying work along state highways.   Through a federal innovative technology grant, ADOT has eight new aerial drones that...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
UAV bridge inspection
Article October 05, 2017
Drones. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Regardless of how they are referred, these highly versatile machines continue to gain traction, expanding beyond recreational use into commercial applications.   The civil engineering industry is a leader, exploring uses for the...
small town america
News August 25, 2017
In testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee, Mississippi County Engineer Jeff Dungan indicated that federal inspectors are presently targeting more than 2,000 county bridges that have wood supports, and that a likely result of this attention would be the closure of hundreds of such...
hard hat in front of bridge

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News March 27, 2017
A team of research technicians from the Bowen Laboratory at Purdue University’s Lyles College of Civil Engineering recently employed a sensor system developed by the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University on the CR 250 E bridge in Lebanon, Ind., for a load bearing test that could...
Drone Inspection sign
Article September 06, 2016
Drones have been heralded as the next big thing in bridge inspection.   However, until recently, little has been done to prove the effectiveness, safety and cost savings of the technology. Building this bank of proof is vital for businesses and government organizations looking to move bridge...
News September 06, 2016
A Michigan State University (MSU) engineering professor plans to install sensors on the Mackinac Bridge to monitor stress on the aging structure.   Professor Nizar Lajnef told the Lansing State Journal the stress sensors that will be placed on the bridge later this month are a test of a project he’...
Sandusky River Bridge
News August 17, 2016
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone.   The drone will be used to inspect the Sandusky River Bridge, a 970-ft-long bridge in Sandusky County some time in mid-September.   The turnpike...
News August 09, 2016
The I-495 bridge that crosses the Merrimack River just south of the Route 113/110 interchange and which caused a traffic nightmare last week when a pothole developed is set to be replaced.   Mayor James Fiorentini said the state will be replacing the bridge in fiscal 2017. The bridge has been the...
an sUAV hovering between girders
Article May 09, 2016
Research and development efforts are actively taking place to make small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) necessary tools for transportation infrastructure inspections.   As these efforts continue to advance the transformation process from idea into reality, it is necessary to rely on fundamental...
State DOTs employing drones to improve safety, collect data, slash costs
News March 28, 2016
The following is an edited version of a release issued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.   A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic...
News February 18, 2016
It’s a mixed bag for the condition of U.S. bridges according to a new analysis of the U.S. DOT’s 2015 “National Bridge Inventory” database.  The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the...
News December 01, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) could have avoided excessive, multi-year delays and saved as much as $2.6 million on the rehabilitation of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge in Gloucester, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Auditor.   “Our audit found...
News September 21, 2015
Monitoring the status and daily traffic load on a given bridge is an almost impossible task using traditional methodologies. The advent of new smart infrastructure technology, however, is looking to change the mindset regarding bridge inspections and monitoring in the New England region. The...
News September 11, 2015
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is urging railroads to share more about their bridge inspections and maintenance in order to better address local concerns about bridge deterioration.   Local officials and residents complain they don’t have access to information about the safety of...
News August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.   A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a...
Approved applications for commercial use cover several industries, including construction
News August 10, 2015
  The Federal Aviation Administration this past week approved 1,000 applications for nonmilitary drone flights, exemptions granted under a section of federal law that allows the U.S. Transportation Department to wave requirements for FAA approval for drone flights that are operated outside of...
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