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Unmanned Surface Vessels for Bridge Scour Monitoring

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 19:15

Scour at bridge substructure units can cause undermining of footings and exposure of piles, which can lead to bridge failure. Monitoring of the streambed elevations around a scour critical bridge to identify whether or not scour is occurring during a high-flow event is critical. Working on or near the water may be dangerous during these events. The study investigated various techniques to monitor bridge scour during high-flow events. The report can be downloaded at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/SPR-1682-Unmanned_Surface_Vessels_for_Bridge_Scour_Monitoring_661794_7.pdf