A remote monitoring device for inspecting concrete structures for faults has been developed by a research team at the University of Strathclyde.
The Advanced Nuclear Research Centre at the university has created the Adaptive Lighting for the Inspection of Concrete Structures (ALICS) device which can be employed to detect and classify faults in civil concrete infrastructure, such as nuclear power plants and bridges.
It combines advanced image capture, scene lighting and colour with artificial intelligence techniques to detect if faults form in concrete.
The new device has attracted interest from Babcock’s Cavendish Nuclear, Altrad Babcock, Bruce Power, EDF Energy and InspectaHire, all of whom provided financial backing for the research.
Partnerships were also formed with two of Scotland’s innovation centres as part of the device’s development.