UAVs to Check on Railway Bridge Safety in India

2016-02-02

UAVs to Check on Railway Bridge Safety in India
A one-of-its-kind pilot project concerning health monitoring of railway bridges in the South Central Railway zone is about to take off for the first time in India later this year.

Titled ‘India’s first UAVs for monitoring bridges and structures, it is to be taken up by Chennai-based Vel Tech University and University of Victoria, Canada, with an initial grant of Canadian $3 million and a matching grant of Rs.1.5 crore from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

This initiative, which is being presently evaluated by Indian Railways, was a project which saw stiff competition from over 70 institutions, which had submitted proposals. India-Canada IMPACTS, a pan-Canadian multi-sector engagement body was the agency to handover the project to the winning bidder, which would have three-year tenure for it to be completed.

Speaking to The Hans India, Dr Rishi Gupta, Principal Investigator, University of Victoria said, “Both India and Canada have aging and deteriorating infrastructure. With more than 50,000 major bridges in the Indian Railways, many are more than 100 years old. Given their age, there is an imminent need to monitor their condition on a timely basis.”

In the current project, the researchers from Vel Tech University and University of Victoria aim to deploy small-sized Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs), approx 1.5 metre wide, with 4 to 6 high capacity rotors for evaluating the structural integrity of long span railway bridges through multiple sensors and provide in-situ information on its structural safety.
Spread over the three-year project timeline, a three-pronged method of research, capacity building and project management is expected to benefit 30 to 40 students from graduate to post-doctoral levels from both the countries on an exchange programme being contemplated, said Dr U Chandrasekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Vel Tech University.
This, the team believes would be a quantum leap over the present bridge inspection methods undertaken which is confined to visual means, both inadequate and unreliable. Also, many inaccessible areas of the bridge could not be inspected. This new method would ensure real time monitoring of structural integrity of bridge structures and also provide safety to the travelling public, detecting early damages, cutting down the cost and time associated with repairs and maintenance.

K V D Kishore, Vice- President, Vel Tech added, This research project will synthesise the state-of-art technologies available for health monitoring of civil structures by efficiently incorporating UAVs, sensors and contemporary electronic systems into bridge inspection and contribute to the infrastructure management of both the countries.

Contry:  India
Category:  UAV


Drones to Monitor Tiger Reserves in India

2017-03-13
Drones to Monitor Tiger Reserves in India
Conservation drones will soon hover over select tiger reserves in India, marking the beginning of significant technological intervention in wildlife conservation.

Drones Used to Inspect Construction Progress of Rail Projects

2016-05-20
Drones Used to Inspect Construction Progress of Rail Projects
New Delhi-based Indian Railway said they will use drones to assess the construction progress of all of the roughly 170 projects that they currently have underway, according to a report by Press Trust of India.

Drones May Soon Deliver Vital Organs Across India

2016-05-18
Drones May Soon Deliver Vital Organs Across India
Delivery drones have been proposed for all sorts of purposes – pizza, soccer shoes and prescription drugs. But a new UAV project in India may literally save lives by speedily delivering vital organs for transplant.

India Leads the Way in Public-Safety Drones

2016-05-16
India Leads the Way in Public-Safety Drones
There’s no doubt – when it comes to public-security drone deployment across Asia, India is well ahead of the competition. Want proof? Lets travel to Noida.

Indian State Study Group to Chart UAS Roadmap

2016-01-29
Indian State Study Group to Chart UAS Roadmap
The Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) in the Indian state of Karnataka is coming out with a strategy to utilise Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology in the sectors of town planning, crop and forest survey, pollution monitoring, civic operations among others, specific to the State.The KKC has constituted a study group to prepare a roadmap for tapping the applications of UAS in various sectors.

Indias Lakshya Target Test Flights Susccesful

2015-12-16
Indias Lakshya Target Test Flights Susccesful
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) jointly flight-tested the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Lakshya from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast last Friday.

India set to develop own stealth combat drones

2015-12-14
India set to develop own stealth combat drones
India is finally getting set to launch an ambitious project to develop its own stealth combat drones or UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles), which will be capable of firing missiles and precision-guided munitions at enemy targets and then returning to home bases to re-arm for further missions.

Maharashtra Using Drones to Survey Crop Losses in Drought-Hit PartsMaharashtra Using Drones to Survey Crop Losses in Drought-Hit Parts

2015-08-27
Maharashtra Using Drones to Survey Crop Losses in Drought-Hit PartsMaharashtra Using Drones to Survey Crop Losses in Drought-Hit Parts
drought-hit Osmanabad district for loss of crops due to water scarcity. The data gathered by these machines will determine the compensation to be paid to the farmers.

IIT-K launches UAV project for eye in air

2014-02-18
IIT-K launches UAV project for eye in air

In an endeavour to improve country’s surveillance system, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has launched a major initiative for designing and building unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

Catch the UAVs in action

2014-01-24
Catch the UAVs in action

If you haven’t had the occasion to watch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in action, heres an opportunity.


Back to the list