Automated Surface Inspection

Automated inspection trial to begin on Dubai Metro tunnels

Monday 13th January, 2020


The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) is to trial automated technology as part of various initiatives undertaken by the Dubai Metro. The trial will inspect over 14km of network tunnels.

Drones will be used to accurately assess the condition of the tunnels, with the end goal of reducing inspection times, especially for the areas of the tunnel which are difficult to inspect manually. The automated inspection systems will then allow accurate reports to be produced which could preempt any potential issues.

The system trial will be initially rolled across the Red and Green Lines of Dubai’s Metro tunnels.

RTA Board of Executive Directors chairman and director-general Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer said: “This initiative, which is in line with Smart Dubai Strategy 2021, uses custom-made drones fitted with multiple cameras enabling pictorial monitoring of tunnels via high-definition lenses.

“It also enables the inspection of tunnel walls through infrared radiation. The technology generates instant reports easing the assessment of the condition of assets, monitoring the maintenance works and detecting faults.

The benefits of automated over manual inspection

Here are some broader benefits of automated inspection over traditional manual inspection:

  • Automated quality assurance systems have a single responsibility, unlike manual inspectors who may have their time split over various tasks
  • They can work 24/7 without breaks
  • The high levels of accuracy enable automated systems to pay for themselves over time with the savings that they make
  • You can focus your human resources on other areas, making the whole operation more efficient

How could automated inspection benefit you?

Automated quality assurance allows greater workflow efficiency, it saves money on wasted materials, resulting in a greater ROI over a financial year. If you would like a discussion around machine vision technology then please call Shelton Vision on +44 (0) 116 279 0920 or complete our online contact form.

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