Maintaining bridges is important to ensure public safety, and bridge owners and engineers need to perform regular inspections to determine the structural integrity of bridges so that they can plan for maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement of those bridges. Today, we share an article published via BIMCommunity, our BIM Portal.

Traditional visual inspections that take place on site are labor-intensive, can require expensive equipment, often require lane closures that create inconvenience for travelers, may present safety risks, and can be inaccurate and error prone.

Bentley has been working with Microsoft, their users, and their partner Collins Engineering to help Departments of Transportation (DOTs) perform virtual bridge inspections using AssetWise, digital twins, and Microsoft HoloLens. By conducting inspections using the digital twin of the asset, along with immersive inspection capabilities in Microsoft HoloLens2, DOT inspectors can conduct up to 90% of the inspection while in the office. This practice reduces the time in the field, making the overall inspection faster, more efficient, safer, and less expensive.

Immersive Inspections video with Bentley’s Dan Vogen:

Immersive inspections video shown at Microsoft Ignite conference:

Images captions with courtesy notes:

Bridge Maintenance - Stone Arch Bridge

Image 1: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis MN shown in ContextCapture I Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

Image 2: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis MN shown from UAV I Image courtesy of Collins Engineers

Bridge Manteinance - Stone Arch Bridge

Image 3: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis MN shown through Microsoft HoloLens2 I Images courtesy of Bentley Systems

Image 4: UAV in flight over bridge I Image courtesy of Collins Engineers

Image 5: Bridge in Minneapolis MN viewed with Microsoft HoloLens2 I Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

Image 6: Placing a viewpoint on the bridge model viewed with Microsoft HoloLens2 I Image courtesy of Bentley SystemsÇ

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