Fujitsu makes breakthrough in bridge inspection
Fujitsu has developed a new way of estimating the degree of internal damage in bridges by analysing data gathered from sensors placed on the surface.
The Construction Index reports that the technology, which is implemented with the help of artificial intelligence technology, is designed to improve maintenance and management by making it possible to carry out bridge inspections remotely and with reduced manpower.
Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories have come up with the system, which uses ‘Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai technology’ – the company’s approach to artificial intelligence - to analyse vibration data recorded by the sensors.
The technology has been validated using data obtained from verification tests of the fatigue degradation of bridges carried out by the Research Association for Infrastructure Monitoring System (RAIMS). Fujitsu will now conduct trials using vibration data from actual bridges, with the goal of real-world usage by around 2018.