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Leave the helicopters, cranes, and ropes behind.
HERE IS OUR STORY
Sometimes it's safer (and a whole lot cheaper) to send a robot.
Infrastructure installations, maintenance, and inspections are among the most dangerous jobs in the United States.
614,000 US bridges must be inspected every 2 years.
Today inspectors climb ropes and use crack-cards to manually estimate the width of cracks.
417,000 US towers are inspected.
Today inspectors check bolt torque and electrical connections.
The US has 5.5 million miles of power lines (220,000 high voltage), supported by 180 million utility poles.
Today technicians use helicopters to install bird diverters on live transmission lines.
3,000 new wind turbines are added to the existing 60,000+ in the US inventory every year.
Today inspectors rappel down the blades and tap the blade to listen for subsurface delamination.
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