Bridge inspections allow engineers to identify small defects and potential problem areas in bridges before they develop into major issues. Bridge Inspection robots are mobile service robots with advanced vision sensors, typically used for the inspection of critical and high-value infrastructure. Inspection robots are either semi-autonomous, where they’ve been taught established paths, or fully autonomous, able to navigate themselves.
The Global Bridge inspection robot market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
The Robots for the Bridge in Genoa
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) and the Camozzi Group have designed and built a robotic system, one of its kind in the world, to contribute to the safety of the new bridge in Genoa.
The robotic system will be verifying the integrity of the infrastructure using cameras and sensors and will allow operators to intervene with preventive maintenance actions through data processing algorithms.
The robotic system is based on the installation of the 4 robots on the sides of the bridge: 2 of them will be in charge of inspecting the lower surface of the deck and processing the data in order to find any anomalies (Robot-Inspection) and the other 2 will be cleaning the wind barriers and solar panels (Robot-Wash).
This robotic inspection system is the first automatic system in the world and provides a replicable model at the global level designed to enhance the safety of this type of infrastructure and of any civil works that may require automatic monitoring.
The 4 robots are made of carbon fibre structures, actuators and electronic components. In particular, the single-piece beams that will enable deck inspection have been made by transposing technologies that are typical of the aerospace and aeronautical industries and were built using 3D moulds created by the technology of the largest 3D printer in the world made by the Camozzi Group, the MasterprintTM machine.
The robots will be sliding over the bridge’s outer rails where they will allow operators to verify the infrastructure’s integrity by sending the images and data acquired to a control room, thereby creating a digital database that, thanks to efficient analysis and prediction algorithms, will allow the operators to intervene with preventive maintenance actions, as required.
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