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ROBotic System with Intelligent Vision and Control for Tunnel Structural INSPECTion and Evaluation

ROBO-SPECT

ROBotic System with Intelligent Vision and Control for Tunnel Structural INSPECTion and Evaluation

Call for proposal: 
FP7-ICT-2013-10
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

A large number of underground transportation tunnels have been in operation for more than half a century and are in dire need for inspection, assessment and maintenance. Things are bad to the point that there have been a number of failures resulting in collapses in tunnels in recent years which highlighted the need for better ways to inspect and assess the tunnel stability of in-service tunnels.

ROBO-SPECT adapts and integrates recent research results in robotics, computer vision and non-destructive sensing in an innovative, integrated, robotic system that automatically scans the intrados for potential defects on the surface and detects and measures radial deformation in the cross-section, distance between parallel cracks, cracks and open joints that impact tunnel stability, with mm accuracies. This permits in one pass, both the inspection and structural assessment of tunnels.

Objectives: 

The main goal of the project is to develop an autonomous robotic inspection and assessment system for tunnels that will include: (a) a computer vision system that will detect structural defects and colour changes at the concrete lining intrados, (b) a sensor system that will measure the depth of cracks and the depth of opening of joints of interest with an accuracy of 1 mm and the width of these cracks and openings with an accuracy of 0.1 mm and (c) laser equipment able to measure radial deformation with an accuracy of 1 mm, while it will be integrated with software that based on the above measurements will assess the structural condition of the inspected tunnel.

The ROBO-SPECT system will be tested at a research infrastructure of tunnels in Switzerland and at actual tunnels in UK and Greece.

Methodology: 

ROBO-SPECT proposes specialised work to adapt, extent and validate recent exploitable research results that will provide the required functionalities and intelligence to an automatic, multi component and multi-degree of freedom robotic system that will credibly, efficiently and inexpensively perform both inspection and assessment of the tunnel in a single pass.

 The work includes the following steps:

  • Definition of user requirements and system architecture.
  • Development of robotic navigation and intelligent positioning controllers.
  • Development of the computer vision system for real time defect detection.
  • Development of ultrasonic sensors for the measurement of width and depth of cracks and openings.
  • Structural assessment based on measurements at the intrados.
  • Integration of the whole system.
  • Field evaluation and benchmarking of the integrated system at a research infrastructure of tunnels in Switzerland and at actual tunnels in UK and Greece.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

Address: 
Patission
10682 Athens
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€565,645
Partner Organisations: 

Egnatia Odos Ae

Address: 
Chlm Thessalonikis-Thermis
57001 Thessaloniki
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€120,000

Robotnik Automation Sll

Address: 
CARRER DE BARCELONA, 3-A. P.I. FUENTE DEL JARRO
46988 PATERNA
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€313,575

Risa Sicherheitsanalysen Gmbh

Address: 
Krumme Strasse
10627 Berlin
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€254,087

T.e.c.n.i.c. Tecniche E Consulenzenell'ingegneria Civile-Consulting Engineers-Spa

Address: 
Via Panama
198 Roma
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€184,240

D. Mpairaktaris Kai Synergates-Grafeion Technikon Meleton Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis

Address: 
PESMATZOGLOU 17
14561 ATHINA
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€181,128

Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche

Address: 
Piazzale Aldo Moro
185 Roma
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€259,574

Cassidian

Address: 
BOULEVARD JEAN MOULIN - ZAC DE LA CLEF SAINT PIERRE 1
78990 ELANCOURT
France
EU Contribution: 
€408,265

Ecole Nationale Des Ponts Et Chaussã©Es

Address: 
6 à 8 Avenue Blaise Pascal- Cité Descartes
77455 CHAMPS SUR MARNE
France
EU Contribution: 
€376,256

Vsh Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd

Address: 
Polistrasse, Hagerbach
8890 Flums
Switzerland
EU Contribution: 
€231,900

Universidad Carlos Iii De Madrid

Address: 
Calle Madrid
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€405,330
Technologies: 
Development phase: