Minnesota studies use of drones, sensors to maintain bridges

Oct. 3, 2023
Sensors are providing data on Minneapolis's I-35W bridge.
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Drones and sensors can help those responsible for bridge health and maintenance by identifying early signs of underperforming, according to Lauren Linderman, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, and a presenter in a webinar titled “The Future of Mobility: Technology for Bridge Preservation and Maintenance.”

The webinar was presented by the University’s Center for Transportation Studies. According to a report on its website, Linderman said prioritizing bridge maintenance schedules will be aided by performing “early preservation activities” that rely on bridge data.

She explained how data from sensors on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis is helping understand how Minnesota’s temperature extremes affect bridge performance. The result could affect future bridge design, she said.

Source: The Center for Transportation Studies

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