Universities: University of Colorado - Boulder
Missouri University of Science and Techology
Principal Investigator: Dr. George Hearn, University of Colorado - Boulder
PI Contact Information: Phone: (303) 492-6381 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Anil Agrawal, The City College of New York
Funding Sources and Amounts Provided:
University of Colorado: $48,680
INSPIRE UTC: $97,359
Total Project Cost: $146,039
Match Agencies ID or Contract Number:
University of Colorado: In-kind Match | INSPIRE UTC: 00055082-03A
INSPIRE Grant Award Number: 69A3551747126
Start Date: March 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2019
Brief Description of Research Project:
The INSPIRE center will apply mobile sensors, robots, and UAVs in bridge inspection to improve quality of inspection data and reduce time and cost. Full use and benefit of these technologies demands the re-invention of programs for bridge inspection. It is not sufficient to graft new technologies onto existing inspection programs.
Approach and Methodology. A new inspection program will be proposed with the following considerations:
Overall Objectives: This project aims to develop and demonstrate a new cost-efficient, risk-based program of inspection of highway bridges. The new program employs spatial reporting of conditions, risk-based inspection intervals, incremental execution of inspections as constituent tasks, and automation of inspection tasks. It matches inspection methods to intended uses of inspection data with a comprehensive organization to monitor performance of bridges, to identify emerging risks, and to support planning of preservation actions for bridges.
Scope of Work in Year 1: (1) Produce standards and case studies for spatial reporting of bridge inspections that can capture the locations of all conditions and defects found during each inspection, (2) Develop a paper- and computer-based reporting method of existing inspection data by adapting them in the form of maps that are broadly defined to include schematic plans of bridges and the use of photo overlays to record locations of defects.
Describe Implementation of Research Outcomes:
Research outcomes and implementation plan will be described towards the end of this project.
Impacts/Benefits of Implementation:
Impact/Benefits of Implementation will be summarized at the end of this project.
Project Website: http://inspire-utc.mst.edu/researchprojects/im-1/