Replacing existing bridges is an excessively complex and costly process, therefore cities and municipalities will always aim to stretch their useful lifetimes as much as possible without putting their population’s safety at risk.
The method traditionally used to perform bridge inspections is to send operators in a bucket truck to perform a direct visual inspection. However, this method has the disadvantages of being costly, slow, requiring multiple skilled operators and not providing full video backup for secondary analysis and data archiving.
The inspection camera system, initially developed for manhole and confined space inspections, also possesses the versatility to inspect bridge undersides. Using this solution, a single unspecialized operator can perform a full, in-depth inspection within a few minutes.
The usage of this advanced inspection system eliminates the need to rent an expensive truck, have specialized personnel operate it, and mobilize a large crew to perform this task.
Moreover, the impact of traffic is greatly reduced as inspections are performed promptly and from the underside, not requiring the traffic on the bridge (which is generally higher than the one under it) to be stopped at all.
RinnoVision is a Canadian company founded by underground infrastructure inspection professionals to meet specific needs in day-to-day operations. The reality of an increasingly competitive market sector, coupled with labour shortages, inspired RinnoVision to develop products that significantly improve the efficiency, time savings, safety and profitability of inspection operations.
“With the acquisition of the RV-PRO 360, we have won all along the line. Ease of use and all the accessories suited for multiple uses. A clear, 360 degree image in a single shot. The inspection time has been reduced a lot and the analysis of the videos has become much easier due to the sharpness of the image.”
Cédric Fougères, Ville de Montréal
“We are satisfied with its performance. Among other things, the RV-PRO 360 kit allowed us to discover that an element everyone thought was an AP was in fact a technical void under an old silo. The space was much larger than an underground chamber and the images were of good quality without additional lighting. With the kit, the inspection of this technical space was possible without having to take confined space entry procedures.”
Gaétan Caron, GDI Géoradar Détection
“Simple and easy to use. The RV-PRO 360 has been a great addition to our maintenance operations.”
Scott Tam, C.E.T., EP, City of Timmins
“Our company is happy to recommend the RinnoVision RV-PRO 360 as an excellent manhole inspection camera system. We have utilized these cameras to speedily and efficiently perform inspections on thousands of manholes. The quality of video along with the reliability and ease operation of these units have proven to be the favorite amongst our crews. The RV-PRO 360 is a great company asset that allows us to produce a high quality end product for our customers while remaining very competitive and productive.”
Dave Gonyea, C3 Mainline Inspections Inc.
“I am blown away with RinnoVision. I get the best inspections now. I am in the business of manhole rehab and now I can have a clear picture of the before and after like never before.”
Horacio Franco, H & R Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, Inc.
“The RV-PRO 360 has been a great tool to help us save valuable time and money on job sites while also significantly improving our operators’ efficiency.”
Kevin Hastings, Video Inspection Specialists
“Metriplus is a supplier with whom we've been doing business for several years. Their flexibility, proactivity, availability and willingness to solve our problems are certainly strengths I can attribute to them.”
Gustavo Costa Lages, Abb
1. What is a bridge inspection camera?
A bridge inspection camera is a specialized device used to visually inspect and assess the condition of bridges. It typically consists of a high-resolution camera mounted on a vehicle or a remotely operated platform to capture detailed images and videos of various bridge components.
2. How does a bridge inspection camera work?
A bridge inspection camera is usually mounted on a vehicle or a robotic platform designed to navigate along the bridge structure. The camera captures high-quality images and videos of the bridge components, such as decks, supports, cables, and other structural elements. Operators can view the footage in real-time or review it later for analysis.
3. What are the benefits of using a bridge inspection camera?
Utilizing a bridge inspection camera offers several advantages. It allows for comprehensive visual inspection of the bridge, providing valuable information about its structural integrity, potential damages, and maintenance needs. It helps identify defects, cracks, corrosion, and other issues that may compromise the safety and functionality of the bridge.
4. What types of problems can be detected with a bridge inspection camera?
A bridge inspection camera can detect various problems, including cracks, corrosion, erosion, spalling concrete, loose or failing joints, signs of fatigue, deformation, and other structural anomalies. It also helps identify the condition of the bridge's deck, abutments, piers, and other critical components.
5. Who uses bridge inspection cameras?
Bridge inspection cameras are primarily used by engineering firms, transportation departments, bridge maintenance teams, and infrastructure inspection agencies. They are employed by professionals involved in the assessment, maintenance, and rehabilitation of bridges, including structural engineers, bridge inspectors, and construction contractors specializing in bridge projects.