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Advanced Sensing Technologies for practical UAV-Based Condition Assessment of Underside Bridge Decks

Brief Project Description: This project researches the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with innovative active acoustic sensing (AAS) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to inspect the underside inspection of bridge decks. Employing UAV-AAS-SAR systems may i) reduce inspection cost by more than 50%, ii) improve inspectors’ safety, and iii) mitigate traffic interference and the need for traffic control measures. The plan is to develop UAV acoustic and radar sensors for detecting delaminations of bridge decks from underneath, placing them on a custom UAV, and evaluate, verify and improve performance with laboratory and field tests.


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Presenter: Damien Garland, UVM