Sam Macdonald | July 18th, 2017
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) known as underwater drones, widely used to inspect aging infrastructure - one engineering firm shares their experience.
Aging infrastructure is a reality for the majority of cities around the world. Many municipal waterways, dams, and bridges were built over 50 to 100 years ago, and these systems are showing their age. It is imperative that repairs, maintenance, and ongoing development are completed to fight against water main breaks, contaminations, and degradation; the cost of which is massive, and the long-term effects devastating.
Inspection of our infrastructure isn’t always easy. Constructions such as bridges, dams and water systems house millions of tons of concrete within their foundations, frequently hidden deep underwater. Concrete is not infallible, and continued maintenance and observation are crucial to ensuring the safety and efficiency of a community’s transportation and water systems. In the past, diver’s have been utilized to conduct integrity testing and repair damage on these submerged structures. This not only is dangerous, but it is also quite costly. Inspecting concrete structures requires a high degree of specialization in concrete, engineering and aging infrastructure. The dive is often also physically demanding on a diver, precarious currents, turbid waters, confined spaces and contamination issues make this kind of inspection timely, dangerous and expensive.
Deep Trekker’s fleet of robust and versatile ROV’s make them perfect for underwater infrastructure inspection. Live footage to the surface allows engineers and experts to survey aging structures. The 360 degree patented pitching system combined with an HD Camera and an add-on sonar system, provide clear and precise data and imagery. The ability to record footage means that documentation can be stored to assist in the prediction and scheduling of future maintenance.
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As infrastructure continues to age, the risk of breaks, cracks, and leaks in our integral structures grows. It is through innovative companies such as CTL Engineering that are on the front lines monitoring, repairing, and upgrading these submerged systems, that our communities will continue to sustain our growth.
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