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Platteville Students Learn Benefits of LiDAR & UAS Tech for Structural Inspections

by Jessica Pairrett 5. May 2017 09:29

Firm’s Diekfuss and Chapman teach engineering students how LiDAR and UAS technology benefit inspections of structures


Diekfuss and Chapman present on technology used during structural inspections

On April 20, Joe Diekfuss and Jon Chapman of R.A. Smith National presented to the University of Wisconsin–Platteville's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter. Students listened to the presentation, “Incorporating LiDAR and UAS Technology in the Inspection and Evaluation of Existing Structures,” during their ASCE chapter’s final general business meeting of the year.

The presentation focused on recently completed case studies: (1) Settlement Monitoring of a Residence, Madison, Wis.; and (2) Structural Evaluation of the Taylor Hill Reservoir, Sheboygan, Wis. Through the presentation of these case studies, Diekfuss and Chapman discussed the benefits of using LiDAR and UAS technology during structural inspections. LiDAR and UAS technology provide increased efficiency, improved safety and accurate quantification of notably deficient areas discovered during structural inspections.

Diekfuss is a structural engineer and National Highway Institute (NHI) certified bridge inspector. Chapman is a survey project manager and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified UAS pilot.

Case studies allowed students to see how LiDAR and UAS technology aid in the evaluation of structures through real-world examples. 

Case Study 1: Settlement Monitoring of a Residence, Madison, Wis. 

Case Study 2: Structural Evaluation of the Taylor Hill Reservoir, Sheboygan, Wis.

Abraham to Present at ASCE Spring Technical Conference

by Jessica Pairrett 29. March 2017 06:12

ASCE Wisconsin Section 2017 Spring Technical Conference
Crowne Plaza Madison Hotel
March 30, 2017

Brad Abraham, construction services project leader at R.A. Smith National, will present at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wisconsin Section’s spring conference. His presentation will discuss the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS). In summer 2016, two bridges in Dodge County, Wis., were reconstructed using GRS-IBS. This non-traditional construction method reduced costs and completion times for both bridges. Attendees will learn about this innovative construction method and opportunities to use GRS-IBS to construct bridges in rural areas.

Read more about this and other presentations to be held during the conference.

Dodge Co. bridge constructed with GRS-IBS.

Contractors construct a Dodge County, Wis., bridge using the innovative GRS-IBS method, which saves a municipality cost and time.

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