New Climbing Robot A Boon for Sydney Harbour Bridge Maintenance Crews

A new robot inspector is making Sydney Harbour Bridge tunnel inspections safer while enabling human inspectors to assess structural damage more quickly and easily.

The Robot’s Details

Engineers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have spent 5 years working on developing a revolutionary bridge inspecting robot and now it has been set to task within the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Benefits of a Robot Bridge Inspector

How does the Robot Inspector Navigate the Space?

This robot uses a 3 dimensional sensor to produce a tunnel map. Once it has created its map, it then gets to work analysing the interior of the structure by moving around the various passageways, searching for and pin-pointing any structural damage found.

Walls pose no challenge for this high-tech robot. It is fitted with magnetic feet allowing it to scale the 7.2 kilometres of tunnels and passages within the bridge effortlessly.

The Next Phase…

The engineering team are planning to develop a robot which can inspect tight bridge spaces and clean them, getting rid of rust using laser beams while simultaneously repainting the area. The team hopes to have the next robot ready for action in 3 years.

“I can see this on other structures like transmission towers, ship hulls and nuclear reactors,” said Peter Ward, a UTS project engineer.

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