Advancing Bridge Inspections with Intel's Drone Solutions

Advancing Bridge Inspections with Intel's Drone Solutions

Advancing Bridge Inspections with Intel's Drone Solutions

Under normal circumstances, bridge inspections can be perilous, expensive, and time consuming. In the fall of 2018, when Alicia McConnell, Professional Engineer and UAS Operations Lead from Michael Baker International conducted the latest inspection of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge that crosses the Ohio River, she and her team were able to supplement traditional methods with the Intel® Falcon™ 8+... drone, giving them exceptional access and efficiency. Paired with Intel® Mission Control flight planning software, the combination saves man hours, money, and enables a safer and more accurate inspection process. Indeed, the flight planning process, with a click of a button, is automated so that the data collected is consistent from one inspection to the next. "The value that all the Intel® products – flight planning, the actual drone system, and Intel® Insight Platform - is far exceeding anything that we have used previously," says McConnell. "It's a value that we can't really replace or put a value on. "Barritt Lovelace, Professional Engineer, and Regional Manager from Collins Engineering concurs. "We need a seamless process that can be adopted and implemented with all of our engineers. Having a solution from the Intel drone hardware to the software makes everything easier for us."

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