Structural Engineering

Bureau Veritas Announces Exclusive Partnership Agreement with Infrastructure Preservation Corporation

Jan. 13 2020 - Theresa Anderson
Bureau Veritas Announces Exclusive Partnership Agreement with Infrastructure Preservation Corporation that Introduces Revolutionary Robotics Technology for the Non-Destructive Inspection of Aging Infrastructure 

NEW YORK, N.Y., (Jan. 13, 2020) –– Bureau Veritas a world-leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services, today announced it has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Infrastructure Preservation Corporation (IPC), a complex bridge and infrastructure inspection, non-destructive testing, and robotics engineering company. Through this partnership, Bureau Veritas will deliver innovative robotics and technology inspection solutions that integrate into the company’s global buildings and infrastructure portfolio.

An industry first, Bureau Veritas inspectors will utilize the power of the robotics technology developed by IPC to determine the condition and deterioration of bridges, roadways and infrastructure, to better protect public safety, reduce costs, better budget for maintenance and repairs, as well as prolong a structure’s life expectancy through early detection and repair.

“Bureau Veritas’ testing and inspection services have been enhanced by the addition of IPC’s innovative Non-destructive Testing robotics technologies by offering a broader, more robust portfolio of solutions that help customers better monitor the progression of deterioration, and proactively address areas of concern,” said Jorge Hercules, Chief Operating Officer, Bureau Veritas. “We are excited to push the boundaries of innovation as we deliver the most advanced TIC solutions to our Buildings and Infrastructure clients worldwide.”

Bureau Veritas is exclusively responsible for account services, delivery of the robotic inspection services, and management of IPC products through its buildings and infrastructure team. Supplying the robotic testing systems, product development, and maintenance will continue to be supported by IPC.

The full suite of robotics and technology tools developed by IPC will be leveraged by Bureau Veritas inspectors for the following services:

  • BridgeScan®: Bridge deck and roadway condition assessment service, utilizing innovative Non-Destructive Testing (NTD) technologies and robotics to locate and quantify concrete or asphalt deterioration, delamination and debonding, cover thickness, rebar patterns and sizing, location and monitoring of crack progression and more. 
  • CableScan®: Robotic cable stay bridge inspections that couples electromagnetic testing technology with high definition video inspection capabilities to detect corrosion, broken wires, and loss of section in the cable and physical damage to the cable sheathing.
  • PoleScan®: High Mass Light Pole Inspections that takes high definition videos of High Mast Light poles and their components, allowing inspectors to remotely see imperfections in the weld seams, coating, and luminaries
  • PoleScan-R  High Mast Light Pole repair bot that climbs the High Mast Light Pole sands rust areas and paint coats over them without lane closures or man-lifts.
  • RopeScan®: Wire rope inspections that utilize robotics and virtualization to identify section loss or damage without wedging a cable apart, minimizing lane closures and required bucket trucks. Uses include bridge cables, cranes, flare stacks, mining cables and more.
  • TendonScan®: Post tension tendon inspection and reporting services that utilizes latest NDE and NDT technologies to peer through a tendon and locate and assess the loss of metallic area, broken strands and corrosion.
  • CrackScan®: Concrete and bridge crack inspection system that allows for 2D and 3D mapping and digital monitoring of the length, width, and position of cracks on concrete structures
  • ColumnScan®: Robotic column inspection service that replaces dangerous manual inspections, and avoids placing personnel in the confined space while providing more quantitative data to the owner for any column or shaft inspection.

“As our business continues to grow, this exclusive partnership gives IPC the opportunity to disrupt manual & subjective inspection methods currently in use globally with quantitative data that can help asset owners worldwide better allocate budgets to manage maintenance and repairs. Utilizing robotic technology  is safer for both inspectors and the traveling public and has a lower cost for the asset owners and taxpayers alike,” said Doug Thaler, CEO, IPC. “We look forward to working with Bureau Veritas and their clients as we combine their 200-year legacy, expertise, and global reach with our robotics technology, to revolutionize testing and inspection services in the buildings and infrastructure industry.”

 

 

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 77,000 employees located in more than 1,500 offices and laboratories around the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions, in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index. Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.  For more information, visit www.bvna.com.

 

About Infrastructure Preservation Corporation
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation (IPC) is a bridge inspection, nondestructive testing (NDT) and robotic engineering company. IPC utilizes advanced nondestructive testing and robotic technology to produce condition assessment reports that determine the condition and deterioration of today’s infrastructure. For more information visit www.infrastructurepc.com.

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