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Robotic Inspection Systems for the

Transportation Industry
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation
A Robotic Non Destructive Testing Company

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IPC Corporation

March, 1995


Clearwater, Florida


 Bridge Inspections

  - Post Tension Cable Assessment using IPC’s TendonScan™ (Patent)
  - CableStay Scanning using IPC’s CableStayScan™ (Patent)
- ColumnScan using IPCs ColumnScan™ (Patent Pending)
- Concrete Crack Testing CrackScan™ (Patent being drawn)
- Bridge Deck & Approach way, Custom GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar)
   - Abutment Testing
- Concrete Slab Testing
 Inspections of concrete structures
  - Crack measurement using our own technology, IPC,
  - Exterior wall diagnosis using IPC Crack Testing
  - Concrete scanning, Testing & Monitoring
High Mast Light Pole Inspections
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How it is done today visually
with a flashlight.


Inspecting with IPC’s
Robotic Tendon
inspection device

• Post Tension Cables are the threaded steel and grout
• cables that hold up our brides and segmental roadways.
• There are approximately 126,000 segmental bridges in the U.S.
and millions of miles of segmental roads. The estimated market
for the bridge segment at $60,000 (very light) per bridge is $7.6
billion dollars. The segmental roadways market are similar in
value to the bridge segment.
• A government study showed that is tis impossible to assess the
elements of the cable visually.

・ How are they inspected

Visually with a flashlight
Boom Trucks & Scaffolds for segmental
Banging on tendons with a hammer

・ How does IPC inspect


Patented device that peers through concrete and
• Data transmitted wirelessly to a laptop that
be areas.
a pre-cursor for disaster.

A problem with a
IPC’s TendonScan™ allows for:

MRI like scan of entire tendon interior.
No guesswork.
No further damage by boring holes in suspect areas.
No Boom Trucks or lane closures.
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Measuring cracks from a distance
Minimum measurable crack
by distance
Measure Cracks from
1000 Feet Away!
Measure Crack Widths from
0.007inch-wide cracks are
from up to 1,800 Feet away.

Remotely measure width, shape and position
al coordinates of cracks. X, Y and Z Axis.
Non Destructive Testing “NDT” & Non Destructive Evaluation “NDE”

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Comparison with Conventional Method
【 Conventional
Method 】

【 IPC 】

Using IPC

Visual Inspection
( Sketching )

using IPC

CAD data from the

Automatically draws


Shows Crack
Sizes/Crack Widths
& Crack Positioning

The result of a demonstration inspection resulted in a cost savings of
over 34.5% with results being over 7 times more accurate. Manually
tested resulted in zero crack of the mandatory size to be recorded. With
Infrastructure Preservation Corporations “IPC’s”
System 7 cracks were detected and recorded and many more
approaching that minimum size.
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CableStay Inspection System

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No Lane Closures.
No Boom Trucks
Daytime Inspections Vs Night.
Inspects entire cable vs 3 sides.
Maintains progression over time.
No Risk To Human Life

IPC’s robotic HMLP Inspection System.

No Lane Closures, telescopes or binoculars required
Inspects 100% of the pole surface, seams and luminaries.
Stores problem areas to record deterioration progression over time.
Inspector Safety is enhanced.
200% more effective than a binocular inspection from a safe distance.

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High Mast Light Pole Inspection System
Concrete Crack Inspection System

Find out more about our Concrete Testing Services here Concrete Testing!
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Inspection Service

Estimated Market



$600 Million (IPC Patent)



$7.6 Billion (IPC Patent)



$3.8 Billion



Market too new to estimate


Concrete Crack Testing

New To Market

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Non Destructive Inspection Services
IPC is initially focusing on its following eight advance nondestructive inspection services for a national
1. PoleScan™ is a testing instrument that ascends and descends High Mast Light Pole (HMLP).This
is patented technology for the exclusive use of inspecting HMLP. IPC received a $465,000 contract
to inspect 1,550 HMLP’s at $300 per pole in two of the seven DOT districts in Florida which repres
ents approximately 3% of the HMLP’s in Florida. Florida’s HMLP count is estimated at 45,000 pole
s and approximately 2 million poles in the contiguous States. At the current contract price of $300
per pole it is estimated that the national HMLP market is $600 million.
2. TendonScan™ is the first testing equipment of its kind to perform MRI like inspections of post- ten
sioned tendons of large segmental bridges. There is no 'off-the-shelf' equipment available today no
r will there be in the foreseeable future that can perform these types of inspections. As a result, IP
C is experiencing great demand for this service, a demand that will increase exponentially both do
mestically and internationally. There are approximately 126,000 segmental bridges in the U.S. and
millions of miles of segmental roads. The estimated market for this service at $60,000 to $120,000
per bridge is $7.6 billion dollars. The segmental roadways of the market are similar in value to the
bridge segmental segment.

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3. CableScan™ is the first testing equipment of its kind to perform MRI like inspections of cable stays
of large segmental bridge structures like the yellow cables on the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. Th
ere are thousands of cable stay/suspension bridges in the world with inspection costs ranging from $4
5,000 to $240,000 per bridge.
4. BridgeScan™ is IPC’s routine Bridge Condition Assessment Inspection system that locates and q
uantifies concrete deterioration within a bridge. The nation's transportation infrastructure is rapidly agi
ng. The majority of U.S. bridges, dams, levees and other water control structures are either in their las
t 20 to 30 years of their designed service life, or are nearing the end of their service life. There are 60
1,000 bridges in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA)
National Bridge Inventory System throughout the United States. Conservatively estimating the routine
bridge inspection market alone using the lower inspection average price point of $8,000 per bridge, th
e yearly reoccurring inspection revenues for this market is estimated at $3.8 billion dollars. After addin
g potential tens of thousands of water control structures, access and exit ramps to bridges, multi-level
parking garages, airport runways, multi-level high-rise building structures, and virtually any other struc
ture constructed of concrete or steel, the U.S. market for NDT testing services is estimated to be $25
billion dollars. If IPC were to capture 10% of the U.S. bridge inspection market alone that would yield I
PC $380 million dollars in by-yearly reoccurring revenues.
5. AerialScan ™ is a drone inspection system designed to perform concrete deterioration assessmen
ts and HD video inspections of high profile structures; bridges, communication towers, utility towers, d
ams, levees, and other structures that require climbing during inspection. It utilizes multi spectral infra
red technology that locates and quantifies concrete deterioration. These structures are currently being
inspected by inspectors that climb and repel along the structure putting their life at risk. In addition, th
ere are sections of the bridge/structures that are not accessible by these inspectors. IPC’s AerialScan
™ drone inspection system can perform inspections of entire structures in half the time of existing ser

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6. CableView ™ is patented robotic technology and the first testing equipment of its kind to perform H
D video inspections of bridge cablestays. Today, cablestays are inspected by closing traffic, putting a
200 foot crane on the bridge with an inspector being hoisted up and down the stays at night. CableVie
w can inspect the stays without closing traffic, during the day and without putting an inspector’s life at
risk. CableView can inspect these bridges for the same costs the DOT’s are spending today.
7. ColumnScan™ is patented robotic technology and the first testing equipment of its kind to p
erform HD video inspections with multi-spectrum infrared technology to inspect the interior of b
ridge columns. Today, columns are inspected by lowering an inspector into a confine space fro
m another confine space. The inspector is lowered into the column with a breading apparatus, a
flashlight and a camera. ColumnScan can perform these inspections with full HD video and infra
red technology to locate concrete deterioration without lowering an inspector and putting life at
risk. ColumnScan can inspect these bridges for the same costs the DOT’s are spending today.
8. CrackScan™ is an inspection system that locates and measures cracks in concrete structures
using a laser light from a distance of up to 300 feet. Today, crack inspections are performed by c
losing traffic and putting an inspector in a bucket truck raised up 40 to 60 feet to the underside
of a bridge. The inspector is moved along the bottom of the bridge with a plastic measuring plat
e looking for cracks. CrackScan can sit on a tripod on the side of the bridge, without closing traff
ic, and scan the underside of the bridge measuring cracks using precision laser light without put
ting an inspector’s life in danger. CrackScan can inspect these bridges for the same costs the D
OT’s are spending today with increased accuracy.
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Secondary Markets
The following sub-segments are not in the bridge/road markets but rather in the infrastructure s
upport and railroad markets. The following are the sub-segmental markets that IPC will pursue w
ith their same equipment and methodology as they arise:
1.Railroad industry: Inspecting rail integrity, ballast, base and sub-base densities.
2.Public Works Departments: Surface inspections of underground water and sewer
systems for damage/leakage without digging.
3.Damage (Forensic) Assessments: Inspections of any steel or concrete structure that has been
damaged by impact, fire or structures showing cracking due to loss or unbalanced of load bearin
g ability.
4.Utility Companies: Inspecting deterioration in concrete/steel line towers, poles, foundations, a
nd other support structures.
5.Water Control Structures: Inspecting dams, levees, gates, and any other structure that controls
water flow.
6.Military and Commercial Ships: Inspecting loss of section (steel corrosion) within steel hulls an
d bearing areas.
7.Public and private Buildings: Identifying concrete and steel deterioration within public and pri
vate buildings.
As we grow, we may consider expert personnel to head each of these segmental markets.

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Infrastructure Preservation Corporatio
13131 56 th Court Suite 301
Clearwater, Fl. 33760
A Robotic Non Destructive Testing Company

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