The Use of Robotics for Nondestructive Inspection of Steel Highway Bridges and Structures

Report No: 98-IR3

Published in 1998

About the report:

This interim report describes the progress during the first year of a project to develop robotics hardware for nondestructive evaluation of steel structures. The project objectives are to (1) develop and test an improved prototype (POLECAT-II) crawling robotics system for the remote nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of high-mast light poles, and (2) to demonstrate the use of robotics systems for nondestructive inspection of highway bridges and structures. The project has produced a new design of a robotic device called POLECAT-11M which will be further tested and refined. It will be utilized to guide the evolution of a more dexterous device during the remaining 2.5 year project.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Margarit G. Lozev, Pradip N. Sheth, Robert A. Ross, Ugur Cetinkaya

Last updated: December 15, 2023

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