Structural Integrity Management with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State- of-the-Art Review and Outlook

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Over the last decade, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been used for monitoring con-struction and operation of civil infrastructure, as well as industrial facilities and power plants. Their operational simplicity along with time-and-cost-related benefits have already rendered them attractive for structural sur-veying. Nevertheless, the field of UAV research currently lacks a targeted employment of UAVs for Structural Integrity Management (SIM) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). This paper provides an overview about actual developments of UAV technologies, breakthroughs in sensor technologies, SHM and Value of Infor-mation analysis, the latter being oriented to facilitate an efficiency assessment of precision and cost dependent information. Relevant literature, as well as research and industrial projects, integrating UAVs and SHM are described and assessed, while monitoring strategies, advanced technologies and related algorithms are dis-cussed with a view to achieving increased Value of UAV-based SHM Information.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceSixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering


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