In the end, how do we take advantage of technology in the field of bridge asset management and inspection?
Have a plan in place. Where will the drone be most effective and what is the end goal for the drone? Is it something that an inspector could not accomplish?
How will this be used in future asset management? For overall structure modeling, specific defect tracking, or maybe gaining access to specific locations?
Understand the end documentation goal. How will files be organized and post-processed? Do clients want to see or use the digital twin model for asset management, rehabilitation, or new design purposes?
Ensure the bridge and site are both put to consideration. Will it be possible for the drone to obtain the data inspectors and engineers need given potential site constraints such as traffic or weather?