Currently, inspections of road and rail tunnels are carried out manually. CARTIF and Geocisa have studied how to implement technologies that allow inspecting automatically tunnels to achieve its preventive maintenance, developing a system which is able to organize the collected data.
The project aims to know the real tunnels state and detect defects or deficient status so that the security of this type of infrastructures could be improved and therefore to increase its lifespan as well as decreasing the economic costs.
To automatize this process, the researchers have combined and implemented two non-destructive techniques: thermography and reflectancy.
SITEER project is co-funded by MINECO through the INNPACTO 2012 call.
- The project goal is to develop a pre-industrial system to tunnels smart supervision based on the use of 3D laser scanner along with emissivity and reflectance analysis.
- Characterization of the tunnels to supervise.
- To Investigate how to use low cost and high-speed acquisition laser scanners.
- To study the difficulties regarding the use of the reflectivity and emissivity indexes.
- Integration of both foresaid technologies into a mobile system.
Development of an automatic inspection visual system to detect defects on tunnels surface based on the combined use of laser scanner and thermography.
Cultural and Natural Heritage project:
SHCITY addresses the innovative challenge of creating a unique tool to manage historic urban centers and facilitate the work of the competent authorities in decision making. SHCITY will integrate data collected by sensor networks with artificial vision and 3D scanning technologies deployed in the urban area (Ávila), in order to respond to conservation, security, energy efficiency and tourism needs.
The goal of the project called “Energy Refurbishment Methodology for Heritage Buildings” (RENERPATH-2) is to establish a specific European pre-normative, focused on the energy refurbishment of heritage buildings, whether public or private use, in parallel with the newly constructed buildings law.
In INFIT, automatic data capture systems have been developed to obtain an accurate and objective image of the tunnel surface.
The PAVIREX project, “New safer pavements in extreme temperature conditions”, was co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and FEDER Funds, through the INNPACTO 2011 call. The consortium of the project is formed by CARTIF, Grupo Campezo, Euroestudios , Proas (Cepsa), Eiffage, the University of Oviedo and the University of the Basque Country.
This project, which was developed between 2011 and 2013, established an energy rehabilitation methodology based on novel and non-intrusive techniques for the energy analysis applicable to public and private heritage buildings.