New robot inspects bridges for faults

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Inspecting the steel plates inside bridges used to be a very slow and expensive process, which involved teams of surveyors having to drill into the surrounding concrete to check the steel inside. It was improved in the 1980s with the introduction of radar (which removed the drilling element), but now a team from the University of Nevada has come up with a robot that could also remove the need for humans completely. Spencer Gibb and his team has built the world’s first fully functioning robot bridge inspector, a four-wheeled battery-powered contraption that’s waterproof and trundles back and forth across the bridge…

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