Computer vision may revolutionize structural inspection
Inspecting structures after an earthquake, hurricane or flood is essential to saving lives, but that can be difficult to accomplish in a timely manner.
“Trained inspectors need to decide whether to keep a bridge open, to restrict traffic to first responders only or to close it—and this must happen within a short time,” explained associate professor Mostafa Tazarv of South Dakota State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “After an earthquake, you need an army of structural engineers to quickly assess and comment on the serviceability of bridges and buildings in the affected area.”
Tazarv, who is coordinator of the Jerome J. Lohr Structures Laboratory, does research on the structural behavior of buildings and bridges and how they behave during catastrophic events, specifically earthquakes. He also leads the Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure, or SARCI, research group.