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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

We needed to undertake a general visual inspection of the river span of the QEII bridge, but the river span was inaccessible. This brought up a good opportunity to understand the requirements to use and mobilise a UAV in a high profile area, and to inspect areas where access is limited.

Innovators: Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services

The Solution:

  • Use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to undertake bridge inspections on the M25.
  • Information gained to be incorporated into a strategy and guidelines for the use of UAV’s as an inspection tool on a live network.
  • Use of high definition imagery and heat surveys.

The Benefits & The Future:

  • Improved efficiencies in the inspection regime.
  • Utilisation of current each to determine the limitations and benefits of its application.
  • Reduced need for roped access, confined space and diving inspections – thereby improving road worker safety exposure.
  • Good visual inspection tool that can assist with inspections of the asset.
  • For long term benefit, UAV’s need to be able to undertake more than just visual imagery and heat surveys. e.g. physical/intrusive testing.