WISE-INSPECT: Water InfraStructurE automatic INSPECTIon
IDP participates in the WISE-INSPECT: Water InfraStructurE automatic INSPECTion project, within the Technology Transfer Experiments (TTE) call of the RIMA Network project (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance).
RIMA Network is a 4-year project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 initiative. It is composed of 13 European Digital Innovation Centers (DIH) and industry associations with extensive experience in the field of robotics and aims to promote the development and deployment of I&M robotics applications by supporting projects that seek to develop, test and validate the technical and economic feasibility of a representative model or prototype system based on robotics for different industrial sectors.
The WISE-INSPECT project, with a budget of 300,000 euros in 14 months, aims to develop a system to reduce human intervention in the inspection process of subway and internal water infrastructures (supply, storage and sewage systems) through the use of autonomous flying robots (drones).
The autonomous drones are able to increase the performance of the inspection process of the water supply and storage system, which is characterized by long and narrow distribution channels (60 – 300 cm) and reinforced concrete tanks of difficult access, and to generate digital models that can be evaluated from the structural point of view, integrating appropriate detection capabilities and damage detection algorithms.
The consortium is formed by Hovering Solutions, a company specialized in the development of drone technology, TECNALIA, a Spanish research and technological development center and IDP.