The condition of highway and rail bridges in the United States and the rest of the world is a major public safety problem. Deferred or inconsistent maintenance, along with the hard use of bridges well past their designed lifespans, make frequent and detailed inspections of submerged footers critical. VideoRays are used to measure scour around footers, erosion around piers, the presence of storm debris, and the general condition and deterioration of aging infrastructure.
The VideoRay ROV may be the perfect tool for the inspection of culverts, or anything used to channel water from place to place. It can fit into small diameter pipes that can pose serious saftey risks for divers. Large pieces of debris can be located and imaged with an onboard sonar in low visibility environments while their position is marked for later removal. In areas where the wildlife is a threat to human divers, such as the resident alligators in and around South Florida's numerous culverts, the VideoRay can collect the necessary visual inspection data. In the chance event that a human inspection is warranted, it can even be used as a deterrent to keep any wildlife at bay while the work is being performed. With the ability to carry external cameras, conditions of the above water, overhead portion of the culvert can be inspected as well.
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