Employees at BAM Infraconsult (The Netherlands) tackle their road, overpass and tunnel inspections using Horus’ high-resolution cameras. Patrick Lunenborg, planner at the Inspection & Management Advice team: "It's safer, faster and more accurate".
Before the high-tech cameras made their appearance, the road inspectors at BAM had to drive at a slow crawl on highway emergency lanes. “The visual inspection took place from the car," Patrick Lunenborg explains. "One inspector would scan each meter of asphalt for the smallest irregularities – using only his eyes. The driver had to keep an eye on the road and especially on the traffic coming in from behind. All too often, these inspectors were at risk of trucks or cars not noticing them."
Safer drivers, safer roads
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Since five years, each car is equipped with the 360-degree camera 'Ladybug' and – in addition - three high-resolution, 9-megapixel cameras. While the cars drive their route at full speed (up to 120 kilometers per hour/74 miles per hour), the cameras register everything. The video images are sent by HORUS to the BAM Infraconsult office, where the road inspectors can analyze every shot. "Even the tiniest grains of damage can be spotted, which is very important in order to prevent consequential damage. A small crack in the asphalt can easily tear to become a big, costly hole in the road. The earlier we spot it, the better."
Calculating the costs
When the road inspectors discover an irregularity or damage to the asphalt, they highlight the damage in the video footage. The system then calculates the square meters in question. "With that information, we can carry out a fast calculation of the costs of repair," says Patrick. The selected areas are then exported to a topographical chart.
Innovative, smooth and swift, that’s how Patrick describes the working relationship with Horus. "Both BAM and Horus are always looking for new innovations. They customize their products to suit our organization. When we wanted to expand the camera system to facilitate tunnel inspections, we did several trials together. We are taking big steps in quickly making our roads safer for everyone."