Underwater Inspection of Bridge Substructures Using Underwater Imaging Technology.

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(131)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contract Start Date: Jul 13, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1102
Partners: CA, FHWA, MO, ND, SC, TX, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2013
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2021
Contract End Date: Jun 30, 2013
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $465,505.00
Total Commitments Received: $535,505.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Kornel Kerenyi
kornel.kerenyi@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3142
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Kornel Kerenyi
kornel.kerenyi@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3142
Study Champion(s): Chao Huang
c.huang.ctr@dot.gov
Phone: 202--493-3098
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2008 $305,505.00 Michael Johnson Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2007 $50,000.00 William Forrester Thomas Everett 202-366-4675 thomas.everett@dot.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Bryan Hartnagel Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 Gary Doerr Matthew Linneman 701-328-6904 mlinneman@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 Gary Doerr Matthew Linneman 701-328-6904 mlinneman@nd.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Lee Floyd Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Lee Floyd Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Alan Kowalik Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Alan Kowalik Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Dave Babler Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2010 $20,000.00 Dave Babler Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Underwater inspection of bridge components (elements) is a requirement of the Code of Federal Regulations 23 CFR 650. Underwater inspection by divers requires methodical planning to ensure the safety of the dive team. Diving in turbid water or in high current decreases diver safety and increases the potential for incomplete assessment of the submerged elements. Emergency inspections, as a result of earthquakes or flooding, can take weeks to complete. Underwater imaging methods may provide the ability to increase diving personnel safety as well as rapid assessment of underwater bridge elements.

Objectives

Improve methods to assess the performance of existing transportation structures and increasing employee safety by reducing exposure of personnel to hazards encountered while performing underwater inspections.

This proposal is to research the application of sonar imaging, remote operated vehicles and video technology as compared to diving inspections to satisfy the inspection requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations 23CFR650, Level I and II Underwater Inspections.

Scope of Work

The contractor will develop a detailed working plan for the achievement of the intended project goal. The work plan will contain project milestones, a work plan critical path chart detailing the delivery of each milestone including, quarterly reports and meetings with the contract manager. The contractor shall submit a 2-year work plan to the contract manager for approval.

The contractor will be responsible for accomplishing the project goals by concurrently or separately performing the following tasks:

1. Literature search of current use of all types of sonar-imaging including: underwater video technology, ROV's, sector scan sonar methods, side scan sonar, multi-beam sonar and other related underwater imaging technology currently available.

2. Synthesis of current underwater inspection techniques from all states performing underwater bridge inspection programs, participating underwater bridge inspection consultants, and port infrastructure inspection

3. Code of Federal Regulations 23CFR650 requires 100% Level I and 10% Level II Inspection of the underwater bridge elements. Comparisons between actual diver inspections, satisfying the CFR requirements, and the technology being considered will be done on the basis of quality, effectiveness, reliability, and detail of inspection.

4. Onsite testing and evaluation of each technology will be done on selected bridge sites. Testing will include all techniques comparing: completed inspection costs per site for each method including a breakdown of the cost of hardware, reliability of the technology, operating restrictions, computer needs/demands, output size and storage options, system packages, staffing levels, equipment mobilization needs, and ability to satisfy the CFR.

5. Testing will be in all types of water conditions: turbid, low flow (3ft/sec), high flow (3ft/sec), salt water, zero visibility, contaminated, deep and shallow channel depth, etc. Additionally, testing will be done on different types of structures including single and multi element concrete and steel sub-structures and timber structures.

6. The contractor will be responsible for supplying the manpower, purchasing all technology materials/hardware/systems/consumables, computers and required imaging software, any required tooling or special fittings, and vehicles necessary for the testing of underwater imaging technology and diving inspections.

7. The contractor shall prepare a final report outlining the technical aspect of the technology, the design and testing of the technique, test results, discussion, conclusions, and recommendations. Documentation and presentation of the research findings should meet the recommendations of Section 5000 of the California Department of Transportation Research Manual.

8. All diving operations shall be done with Surface Supplied diving gear and conducted in compliance with the following regulations: 29 CFR 1910 Subpart T--Commercial Diving Operations, 46 CFR 197 Subpart B--Commercial Diving Regulations, 8 CCR 152/153 Diving Operations, Association of Diving Contractors International CONSENSUS STANDARDS For Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations, and in accordance with industry accepted diving practices for decompression and no-decompression diving operations including contaminated water diving.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Final Report for Underwater Inspection of Bridge Substructures using Imaging Technology hif18049.pdf Final Report Public
Approved Closeout Memo TPF-5(131) Closeout Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Report: 2009-12-31 Quarterly_Report_2009-12-31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: 2009-03-31 TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2010 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun 2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July 2010 - Sept 2010 ProgressforTPF-5(131)fromJultoSep2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October 2010 - December 2010 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Oct to Dec 2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Jan to Mar 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 Progress_for_TPF-5_131_from_Apr_to_Jun_2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2011 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Jul to Sep 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2011 Progress_for_TPF-5_131__from_Oct_to_Dec_2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Literature Review Report Draft Literature Review Report TPF-5(131).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Project Schedule ProjectScheduleTPF5(131).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Field Test Plan TPF_5-(131)Test_Plan.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_July_to_Sept_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sep_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

Underwater Inspection of Bridge Substructures Using Underwater Imaging Technology.

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(131)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contract Start Date: Jul 13, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1102
Partners: CA, FHWA, MO, ND, SC, TX, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2013
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2021
Contract End Date: Jun 30, 2013
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $465,505.00
Total Commitments Received: $535,505.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Kornel Kerenyi
kornel.kerenyi@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3142
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Kornel Kerenyi
kornel.kerenyi@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3142
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2008 $305,505.00 Michael Johnson Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2007 $50,000.00 William Forrester Thomas Everett 202-366-4675 thomas.everett@dot.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Bryan Hartnagel Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 Gary Doerr Matthew Linneman 701-328-6904 mlinneman@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 Gary Doerr Matthew Linneman 701-328-6904 mlinneman@nd.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Lee Floyd Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Lee Floyd Mike Sanders 803-737-6691 SandersMR@dot.state.sc.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Alan Kowalik Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Alan Kowalik Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Dave Babler Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2010 $20,000.00 Dave Babler Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Underwater inspection of bridge components (elements) is a requirement of the Code of Federal Regulations 23 CFR 650. Underwater inspection by divers requires methodical planning to ensure the safety of the dive team. Diving in turbid water or in high current decreases diver safety and increases the potential for incomplete assessment of the submerged elements. Emergency inspections, as a result of earthquakes or flooding, can take weeks to complete. Underwater imaging methods may provide the ability to increase diving personnel safety as well as rapid assessment of underwater bridge elements.

Objectives

Improve methods to assess the performance of existing transportation structures and increasing employee safety by reducing exposure of personnel to hazards encountered while performing underwater inspections.

This proposal is to research the application of sonar imaging, remote operated vehicles and video technology as compared to diving inspections to satisfy the inspection requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations 23CFR650, Level I and II Underwater Inspections.

Scope of Work

The contractor will develop a detailed working plan for the achievement of the intended project goal. The work plan will contain project milestones, a work plan critical path chart detailing the delivery of each milestone including, quarterly reports and meetings with the contract manager. The contractor shall submit a 2-year work plan to the contract manager for approval.

The contractor will be responsible for accomplishing the project goals by concurrently or separately performing the following tasks:

1. Literature search of current use of all types of sonar-imaging including: underwater video technology, ROV's, sector scan sonar methods, side scan sonar, multi-beam sonar and other related underwater imaging technology currently available.

2. Synthesis of current underwater inspection techniques from all states performing underwater bridge inspection programs, participating underwater bridge inspection consultants, and port infrastructure inspection

3. Code of Federal Regulations 23CFR650 requires 100% Level I and 10% Level II Inspection of the underwater bridge elements. Comparisons between actual diver inspections, satisfying the CFR requirements, and the technology being considered will be done on the basis of quality, effectiveness, reliability, and detail of inspection.

4. Onsite testing and evaluation of each technology will be done on selected bridge sites. Testing will include all techniques comparing: completed inspection costs per site for each method including a breakdown of the cost of hardware, reliability of the technology, operating restrictions, computer needs/demands, output size and storage options, system packages, staffing levels, equipment mobilization needs, and ability to satisfy the CFR.

5. Testing will be in all types of water conditions: turbid, low flow (3ft/sec), high flow (3ft/sec), salt water, zero visibility, contaminated, deep and shallow channel depth, etc. Additionally, testing will be done on different types of structures including single and multi element concrete and steel sub-structures and timber structures.

6. The contractor will be responsible for supplying the manpower, purchasing all technology materials/hardware/systems/consumables, computers and required imaging software, any required tooling or special fittings, and vehicles necessary for the testing of underwater imaging technology and diving inspections.

7. The contractor shall prepare a final report outlining the technical aspect of the technology, the design and testing of the technique, test results, discussion, conclusions, and recommendations. Documentation and presentation of the research findings should meet the recommendations of Section 5000 of the California Department of Transportation Research Manual.

8. All diving operations shall be done with Surface Supplied diving gear and conducted in compliance with the following regulations: 29 CFR 1910 Subpart T--Commercial Diving Operations, 46 CFR 197 Subpart B--Commercial Diving Regulations, 8 CCR 152/153 Diving Operations, Association of Diving Contractors International CONSENSUS STANDARDS For Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations, and in accordance with industry accepted diving practices for decompression and no-decompression diving operations including contaminated water diving.

Title File/Link Type Private
Final Report for Underwater Inspection of Bridge Substructures using Imaging Technology hif18049.pdf Final Report Public
Approved Closeout Memo TPF-5(131) Closeout Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Report: 2009-12-31 Quarterly_Report_2009-12-31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: 2009-03-31 TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2010 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun 2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July 2010 - Sept 2010 ProgressforTPF-5(131)fromJultoSep2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October 2010 - December 2010 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Oct to Dec 2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Jan to Mar 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 Progress_for_TPF-5_131_from_Apr_to_Jun_2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2011 Progress for TPF-5(131) from Jul to Sep 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2011 Progress_for_TPF-5_131__from_Oct_to_Dec_2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Literature Review Report Draft Literature Review Report TPF-5(131).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Project Schedule ProjectScheduleTPF5(131).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Field Test Plan TPF_5-(131)Test_Plan.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2012 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2013 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2014 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2015 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_July_to_Sept_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2016 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sept_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: October - December 2017 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Oct_to_Dec_2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: January - March 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jan_to_Mar_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: April - June 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Apr_to_Jun_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Progress Report: July - September 2018 Progress_for_TPF-5(131)_from_Jul_to_Sep_2018.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

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