By Staff writer
Transport authority will use drones to inspect and monitor its rail networks
Dubai’s transport authority is to use drones to monitor and inspect its rail infrastructure networks, including the Dubai Metro, according to a senior executive.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in January began trialling the use of drones to inspect 14km of Dubai Metro tunnels on both the red and the green lines.
“For the mid-term impact of this technology, RTA will use drones to assess the asset conditions and will monitor their deterioration rates in an effective and efficient way,” Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, chief executive officer of the RTA’s Rail Agency, said in an interview with Construction Week Online.
“This initiative will reduce the time consumed in inspection activities and will enable RTA maintenance teams to reach the high-level areas which are difficult to access in case of using traditional inspection methods,” he added.
The drones will be equipped with a high-resolution camera, which can detect faults in the tunnel walls. They utilise infrared technology to capture any potential water leakages.