The Ups and Downs of Drone Inspections

by Jennifer L. Wells, P.E., Bridge Inspector; Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN,
Tara Kalar, Associate Legal Counsel; Office of Chief Counsel, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN,
Barritt Lovelace, P.E., Regional Manager; Collins Engineers, Inc., St. Paul, MN,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 2, Pg. 56-63,81


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Minnesota recently completed a trial using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect bridges. They found that the drones have their advantages—and disadvantages.

Subject Headings: Inspection | Robotics | Aircraft and spacecraft | Bridges | Minnesota | United States | North America

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