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AErial RObotic System for In-Depth Bridge Inspection by Contact

Objective

The latest developments in low flying unmanned robots with arms and the associated fields of intelligent control, computer vision and sensors open the floor for robotic solutions, exploitable in the near term, in the field of inspection of difficult-toaccess areas of the civil infrastructure in general and bridges in particular. The latter infrastructure is ageing requiring inspection and assessment. Presently, bridge inspection is primarily done through visual observations by inspectors. It relies upon the inspector having access to bridge components via access equipment (ladders, rigging and scaffolds) and vehicular lifts (manlifts, bucket trucks and under-bridge inspection vehicles). This is uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for the inspectors, while it interferes with the traffic contributing to bottlenecks and congestion. The results of the inspection are used to structurally assess the bridge in a following step.
AEROBI, driven by the bridge inspection industry, adapts and integrates recent research results in low flying unmanned robots with arms, intelligent control in robotics, computer vision and sensing, in an innovative, integrated, low flying, robotic system with a specialised multi-joint arm that will scan concrete beams and piers in a bridge for potential cracks on the surface or concrete swelling or spalling. In case the width of the above cracks exceeds given limits, it will measure distance between parallel cracks, while it will contact the bridge to non-destructively measure the depth of cracks and deformation. In case of concrete swelling or spalling it will also contact the bridge to non-destructively measure delamination and the
diameter of the reinforcing steel bars. The above will provide input for a structural bridge assessment that will be automatically performed by the proposed robotic system. The latter system, which is expected to be exploitable in the short term, will be field evaluated and demonstrated at two actual bridges.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

AIRBUS DS SAS
Address
Boulevard Jean Moulin - Zac De La Clef Saint Pierre 1
78990 Elancourt
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 438 277

Participants (10)

FUNDACION ANDALUZA PARA EL DESARROLLO AEROESPACIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 379 375
Address
Calle Wilbur Y Orville Wright Num 17, Parque Aerop
41039 La Rinconada Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 376 500
Address
Calle S. Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTUNG FRANKFURT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 481 100
Address
Ruth Moufang Strasse 1
60438 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 361 733,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
EGNATIA ODOS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 151 287
Address
Chlm Thessalonikis-thermis 6
57001 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RISA SICHERHEITSANALYSEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 204 400
Address
Xantener Strasse 11
10707 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
T.E.C.N.I.C. TECNICHE E CONSULENZENELL'INGEGNERIA CIVILE-CONSULTING ENGINEERS-SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 825
Address
Via Panama 86A
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
D. MPAIRAKTARIS KAI SYNERGATES-GRAFEION TECHNIKON MELETON ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHYNIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 163 520
Address
Pesmatzoglou 17
14561 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORUM DES LABORATOIRES NATIONAUX EUROPEENS DE RECHERCHE ROUTIERE FEHRLAISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 170 131,50
Address
Boulevard De La Woluwe 42
1200 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
NETIVEI ISRAEL - NATIONAL TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 155 800
Address
3 Ariel Sharon Street
6050001 Or Yehuda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)