Wisconsin DOT uses new technology to check out infrastructure underneath state highways

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is using new technology to check out storm drains and culverts underneath state highways. A new culvert inspection vehicle is on patrol for the Wisconsin DOT. It’s expected to go places road engineers can’t.

“The GoPro camera has Bluetooth and wireless connection that feeds through the iPad. So when I put this underground we can get a picture live immediately,” said Matt Haefs.

The high-tech remote controlled car can be lowered into storm drains and culverts to give inspection teams a much better idea of what’s happening under the pavement.

“Before all you could do is look inside with a flashlight, and some culverts are 200 to 400 feet long, so it was very hard to find an issue when it’s that long,” he explained.