Virtual Tour (VT), Informational Modeling (IM), and Augmented Reality (AR) for Visual Inspections (VI) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-REG13

Fiscal Year: 2018/2019

Status: Final

Principal investigator(s): Branko Glisic, Ph.D.

Performing organization(s): Princeton University

Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT

In cooperation with: Mistras Group
Partner project manager: Richard Gostautas, Technical Support Manager - Infrastructure

In cooperation with: New Jersey Department of Transportation
Partner project manager: Mula Reddy, Project Engineer, Bureau of Structural Evaluation

Supported by: USDOT OST-R

UTC, grant, or agreement no.: 69A3551847102


Existing infrastructure in the U.S. is deteriorating; the symptoms of overdue maintenance and under investment are ever-present in our society. To ensure the safety of existing infrastructure, on-site life-time inspections and monitoring are required. While these methods yield a great deal of raw and analyzed data, current methods can lead to mismanagement of infrastructure resources. New technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, combined with informational modeling, have a great potential to overcome this issue. The objective of this work is to create a method and associated software for integrating, documenting, accessing, and visualizing lifetime inspections and monitoring data and metadata of infrastructure using virtual tours (VT), informational modeling (IM), and augmented reality (AR).

A practical outcome of the project will be a demonstration software that can be accessed on a mobile device, laptop, desk computer, virtual reality (VR) headset, or AR headset, depending on a user’s needs.