Infrastructure Preservation Corporation A technology firm focused on advancing infrastructure inspections using modern technologies and robotics.
Corporate Business Plan
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation 5520 Rio Vista Drive Clearwater, FL. 33760 Contact: Doug Thaler email@example.com Phone: (727) 372-2900 ext.24 https://www.infrastructurepc.com
Modern Technology and Robotics for Bridge Inspections and Infrastructure. Infrastructure Preservation Corporation (IPC) is a robotics technology firm providing preeminent infrastructure inspection data using reliable and accurate imaging based on Geophysical Nondestructive Testing (NDT) and robotic technologies. Based in Clearwater, FL, IPC has developed their technologies and services to detect early stage infrastructure degradation and deterioration in concrete and steel structures. From bridges to utility or communication towers and other public/private infrastructure, IPC technologies deliver “next generation” alternatives to disrupt markets that still currently use manual inspection methods. This technology is critically relevant globally where limited funds exist for vast bridge decay. IPC’s inspection equipment and services are the first of its kind in several industries. IPC’s robotic systems leverage “NDT” protocols to, in affect, “MRI” concrete and other infrastructure assets to identify early stage deterioration and then recommend repairs before deterioration spreads compromising the structure’s ability to carry its design loads. Proper diagnosis allows planning and repair of early stage deterioration necessary to properly allocate maintenance budgets and prolong infrastructure service life expectancy. An infrastructure crisis of herculean proportion now exists around the world. At every level, governments are struggling with how to repair, replace, and maintain aging bridges, roads, water management systems and more. Infrastructure failures could have significant impact on daily life in cities and even smaller, more rural communities in the years ahead if action is not taken. In the US alone, metropolitan, state and federal Departments of Transportation (DOTs) do not have the funds to replace aging infrastructure and are looking for ways to prolong service life. In March, 2017, Business Insider reported US Department of Transportation estimates it will cost more than $ 1 trillion to bring existing infrastructure up to date. IPC believes that number is low. For the US market, estimates show some 180,300+ aging bridges across the country in varied stages of deterioration. The only method to detect early stage deterioration is by conducting on-site inspections that today are largely a manual process. IPC inspection services offer “first to market’ tools for the transportation infrastructure industry with additional application in oil and gas, mining, hydro electric, dams and building inspection industries. IPC has entered the marketplace with a niche focus on bridge inspections and ancillary service infrastructure, more specifically, High Mast Light Poles (HMLP) and our technologies are in continuous evolutionary mode. As a result, we will be entering new markets to inspect water control structures (dams, ports, levy’s), airports, railroads and buildings in the next 12-18 months if not sooner. Specific to the infrastructure sector, bridge inspections must be conducted every two years and HMLP inspections every 5 years. Current inspection methods are 50+ years old and outdated. They are manual in nature and often deliver subjective results. IPC’s robotic inspection services provide quantitative data that allow DOTs to better allocate existing assets within their current maintenance budgets. An existing addressable market of over $70 billion worldwide exists. In the US alone, bridge deck inspections represent a $ 2.457 billion market. IPC is positioned for market growth and scale. Our traction in markets is increasing exponentially. Our team is confident in our success. An in-place and evolving regional focus continues in the states of Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and South Carolina. As we secure significant contracts in these states we will begin to focus on new markets and promotion of our technology, moving to a more national footprint then extending to Canadian and international markets. Ultimately, our mission is to become global leader in the industry and we already being contacted by and in dialogue stages with many international groups. This document details our technology products, service models and over-arching market strategy.
IPC Mission statement Deliver “first to market” robotic technologies far exceeding today’s manual inspection process offerings. While continuing to be the lead innovators, effective infrastructure management, lower repair costs and public safety will be realized at a much higher level, for the first time in this industry. Our technologies will provide 100% customer satisfaction on a global scale.
Our Business Objectives
Establish IPC as the leader in bridge deterioration assessment inspections (underway). Penetrate market share of US bridge inspections by 5% Penetrate Canadian markets share of infrastructure inspections to capitalize on their 2018 government mandate to include technology. Extend IPC's NDT inspection services to remaining DOT Districts in Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia and New York. Establish offices in Washington, Pennsylvania and New York as contracts are secured. Establish IPC as the regional/national leader in bridge tendon corrosion inspections. Expand services to water control structures (Dams, Ports, Levy’s) and building inspections. License IPC technologies internationally. Pursue other Non-Destructive Testing services in NDT markets internationally.
Problem Global infrastructures are failing and/or in modest-to-severe deterioration stages. Replacing these failing infrastructures is further hampered by the fact many governments are indebted and capital is tight. On average, available funding only covers 10% of the bridges that are in need of repair. The US is certainly no exception, particularly when compared to other more modern or emerging countries. The nation's infrastructure is aging and in rapid decline. The majority of U.S. bridges, dams and levees, communication and utility towers, water control and other concrete/steel structures are either in their last 10 to 20 years of designed service life or nearing the end of designed projected life. US Infrastructure Crisis The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Scorecard serves up D+ on US infrastructure. With road traffic doubling every 28 years, the toll on highways and bridges has been profound. At the current road-building rate, it would take 370 years to double existing lane miles. Traffic threatens to overload much of the network in the near future. Airport runways are also under pressure, and ports on both coasts have insufficient capacity to meet demand. Lack of funding has left aging watertreatment and distribution facilities unfit to cope with rising demand and new regulations. According to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) US National Bridge Inventory System there are 614,387 bridges across the country. There are approximately 1.35 million dams, levees and water control structures and several million miles of segmental highway connectors and interchanges. All are managed, maintained and inspected on rotational schedules. The current state of bridges experiencing severe deterioration has come under significant scrutiny the last few years. The U.S. has 614,387 bridges, almost four in 10 of which are 50 years or older. 56,007, approximately 9% of the nation’s bridges were deemed structurally deficient in 2016. Of real concern and on average there are 188 million trips across structurally deficient bridges each day in the US. The infrastructure inspection industry is challenged to keep up and, more importantly still employs 50+ yearold inspection technologies. Roadways and other infrastructures are still being inspected visually. Archaic as it sounds, bridge deck inspections are still conducted by dragging a chain across structures to listen for differences in the sound patterns. Bridge Cable Stays are inspected by placing an inspector in a bucket
truck at night with a flashlight. Bridge structures are visually inspected to look for cracks, damage and generally any signs of deterioration. Visual inspections cannot assess the internal integrity of these structures. By the time deterioration becomes visually apparent to the inspector, the damage is often severe. It is no longer practical to conduct inspections by sending engineers to the field to assess the condition of infrastructures via these methods.
Solution IPC delivers the integration of traditional inspections with technology delivering a never before seen level of visibility for effective asset management and decision-making. IPC’s patented technologies allow us to inspect concrete and steel structures via geophysical Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) protocols that locate and quantify deterioration in virtually every area of public infrastructure and service. We can conduct more detailed and comprehensive inspections, without lane closures or boom trucks impacting the traveling public, at a lower price points and with permanent detailed records of inspection results. Limited funds will REQUIRE the utilization of IPC technologies to allocate limited funds effectively to best ensure the safety of the public, Incorporating modern robotics and other technologies, IPC services deliver better, more accurate inspections and data that can then be fully utilized to extend infrastructure service life and save billions of dollars. We serve our clients effectively, via a core technological and services-based model that is significantly different from that of our competitors. Locating early stage deterioration and making repairs in a timely manner will not only help better protect the public’s safety but extend the life of critical infrastructure assets.
Competitive Differentiation IPC has patented technology that provides quantitative data that assesses the current condition of today’s infrastructure. Our technology updates and brings 50 year old manual inspection processes by leveraging modern technology and robotics. IPC services provide quantitative data and reporting to DOT/asset owners enabling them to better allocate their budgets to make repairs. Properly maintaining infrastructure not only helps extend the service life of these assets – allowing them to save billions in untimely replacements costs. Deliver ongoing pipeline of first to market robotic technologies to ensure accurate and reliable infrastructure inspection and long term public safety. IPC key competitive differentiators include but are not limited to:
Technology – Patented robotic equipment that allows IPC to effectively utilize current inspector population conducting inspections. Pricing – Our lower overhead makes our multiple less for bidding. Larger companies will not be able to compete with our rates. Expertise – A shift is underway in the industry and the search for modern technology and robotics to conduct inspections is growing. Few companies can match IPC’s expertise in utilizing NDT as the primary inspection protocol, covering the entire asset being inspected.
Current Markets Focus IPC initial market segments penetration efforts are focused on bridge and High Mast Light Pole (HMLP) inspections. Inspecting tendons on large bridge structures is an immediate revenue opportunity. The
inspection offering is competitively priced, delivers superior solutions, and maintains significant opportunities in market segments where IPC can secure contracts based on compelling competitive differentiation. Estimates for the Bridge Deck and Approach way inspection market alone, and using a lower-end of the average inspection price point at $5,000/bridge, yearly recurring revenues for this market is $2.457 billion. Add 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 structure constructed of concrete or steel, IPC is working in a marketplace that is vast in its potential. IPC team members are engaged with Florida State Senator Brandes and former Florida Secretary of Transportation, Ananth Prasad have both been strong supporters and advocates in infrastructure preservation corporations. They have reported to IPC management their intention to submit information on infrastructure preservation services during Florida’s January, 2018 legislative session. As the various Departments of Transportations are introduced to our technology the combination of cost savings, higher degree of accuracy and retention of quantitative data will influence their consideration in offering IPC for the safety of the public and our infrastructure inspection services.
Bridge Structure Tendons Inspections Another core markets focus for 2017-2018 is the inspection of large bridge structures tendons since this market space is void of competition. IPC will use our TendonScan® service as one of its driving forces for initial market penetration. In early 2017 an onsite demonstration of TendonScan® was delivered on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa. That presentation was so well received a contact was made to IPC staff by a South Carolina-based engineering firm requesting a similar demonstration of our technologies and services. IPC is scheduled to inspect tendons on the Wando Bridge structures connecting Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island in the Charleston, SC area in late August 2017. IPC’s TendonScan® solution is an ideal and timely fit for bridge tendon inspection services. TendonScan® inspects post-tension tendons that hold up many of the nation’s bridges and is the first commercially viable device to do so. There are over 614,387 bridges in the US National Bridge Inventory monitored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). State DOT's maintain thousands of bridges in their respective districts. Each state has one Turnpike office that maintains the major transportation arteries within their State. Smaller bridges are maintained by local or city governments. The bridge engineering firms listed herein (See Current Clients) have a national presence with offices in most states. They contract their services to government agencies, various state departments of transportations and current private sector asset managers who have been awarded contracts. IPC is establishing relationships across these target segments positioning our solutions and services as sub-contractors with the high future potential to become primary contractors as we grow.
Markets Segmentation IPC technologies and services will be made available to and offered across multiple markets segments over the nest 24-36 months. They include but are not limited to:
Bridges/High Mast Light Poles – Inspecting bridges & ancillary infrastructures
Railroad industry – Inspecting rail integrity, ballast, base and sub-base densities Public Works Departments – Surface inspections; underground water/sewer (no digging) Damage (Forensic) Assessments – Inspecting steel & concrete structures damaged by impact, fire, and/or unbalanced load bearing ability. Utility Companies – Inspecting concrete/steel line towers, poles, foundations, support structures. Water Control Structures – Dams, levees and other structures controlling water flow. Military/Commercial Shipping – Steel hulls, bearing areas (loss of section– corrosion), etc. Public & Private Buildings - Concrete and/or steel deterioration. (two divisions). NDT Nondestructive – Daily infrastructure testing. GPR identification; underground pipes, tanks and other in or below ground systems
IPC Technologies IPC has developed, tested and prepared to deliver proprietary technologies now patented or in patent pending status. In aggregate, they constitute the first commercially viable robotic inspection methods in the industry. Transportation inspections that utilize IPC’s robotic testing equipment are safer than current inspection systems and protocols. They are more comprehensive in scope and they produce modern archived, quantitative inspection data that can help infrastructure asset managers better manage preservation and extension of service life of critical infrastructure assets.
PoleScan® (Patent Pending) File # 125822 Serial Reg. # 62/500,024 PoleScan® is a robotic device that can inspect High Mast Light Poles (HMLP’s). HMLPs typically are positioned within highway and interstate rights-of-way. Inspections are mandated by the Federal Highway Administration to be conducted every five (5) years. IPC’s HMLP inspection robot ascends and descends HMLPs providing high-definition video and still images of the pole, seams and luminaries. It also identifies the position on pole where issues exist. Using Light Detection & Ranging (LIDAR) PoleScan measures length, width and depth of cracks. Ultrasonic technology is leveraged for thickness measurement and anchor bolts assessments. Anchor bolts extend into the ground as much as three feet and tend to corrode and/or crack after exposure to high winds and stress. PoleScan inspection data is recorded to monitor any progression of problem areas over future inspections. Today these inspections are conducted by an inspector on the ground utilizing a pair of binoculars. IPC’s HMLP inspection service is conducted within the same price as current HMLP inspections and provides much more quantitative data than ever seen before.
Repair Bot-PoleScan-R is a complimentary solution to PoleScan® - a robotic device that preforms minor repairs on High Mast Light Poles. Repairs can be made without the need for lane closures or boom trucks and help extend the service life of HMLPs worldwide. Repair Bot provides an additional revenue stream as
inspection and repair are two separate DOT categories. Repair Bot will be added to the HMLP which is currently pending.
TendonScan® (Patent Pending) File # 125823 Serial Reg. # 62/508,791 TendonScan™ is a robotic testing system delivering a MRI-like inspection of “post-tensioned” tendons on large segmental bridges. Post tension tendons hold up our nation’s bridges and box girder interchanges. Currently no 'off-the-shelf' equipment is available today that can perform these types of inspections. There are approximately 126,000 segmental bridges in the U.S. and millions of miles of segmental roads. TendonScan identifies corrosion within tendons down to .05% and provides a "Recommendation of Corrective Action Plan" providing a level of detailed analysis no other service is able to match. TendonScan provides superior analysis at a significant cost savings to states' Department of Transportation, and local government agencies. As a result, IPC is experiencing great demand for this service, a demand that will increase exponentially both domestically and internationally. TendonScan® is composed of two units: Voids & Water Detection System (Patented) Serial/ Reg. #14/564,204 9,535,026 This system locates and quantifies air, water & bleeding grout which are precursors to corrosion development. Current inspection methods are visual using flashlights or hitting a tendon with a hammer to listen for differences in sound.
Current Inspection method
TendonScan® inspection method
Corrosion Detection System (Patent Pending) File # 125823 Serial/ Reg. # 62/508,791 A corrosion detection inspection unit, the Corrosion Detection System locates section loss and corrosion within a post tension tendon. Corrosion inside of a post tension tendon is an area of concern for all infrastructure asset owners responsible for large concrete structures containing post tension tendons. This technology can also be configured for building inspections, parking garages and any large concrete structure that utilize post tension tendons. We are initially deploying the technology and service to inspect bridge tendons with scheduled work commencing in South Carolina in August, 2017.
BridgeScan® (Patent Pending) File #125825, Serial Reg. # 62/508,817 IPC’s routine Bridge Condition Assessment Inspection system locates and quantifies concrete deterioration within a bridge. This system and service constitutes a 100% inspection of a bridge deck, locating and quantifying concrete deterioration. The service is superior to current manual and subjective inspection services in current use. Bridge deck and approach roadway inspections are conducted every 2years for every bridge in the national bridge inventory. There are 614,387 bridges in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory System throughout the United States. Bridge inspections are conducted every 2 years with deficient bridges (Approximately 180,000) scheduled to be inspected every year.
BridgeScan® can also inspect water control structures, access/exit ramps to bridges, multi-level parking garages, airport runways, and multi-level high-rise building structures - virtually any concrete or steel structure.
Current Inspection Method Chain Dragging
BridgeScan® Inspection Method Electromagnetics-MRI like technology
AerialScan™ is a drone inspection system designed to perform concrete deterioration assessments and HD video inspections of high profile structures including bridges, communication/utility towers, dams, levees, and other structures that are difficult to access or require climbing to perform inspections. AerialScan™ utilizes multispectral infrared technology to locate and quantify concrete deterioration. These structures are currently being inspected by inspectors who climb and/or rappel along the structure putting their lives at risk. In addition, there are sections of the bridge/structures that are not accessible to these inspectors rendering a comprehensive inspection nearly impossible. IPC’s AerialScan™ drone inspection system can perform inspections of entire structures in half the time of existing services and with greater accuracy given the difficult working conditions for visual inspection. CableScan® is a patented robotic technology and the first testing equipment of its kind to perform 360 degree HD video inspections of bridge cable stays. Today, cable stays are inspected by closing traffic, placing a 200-foot crane on the bridge and hoisting an inspector up and down each cable stays, usually scheduled at night to minimize traffic flows impact. CableScan® can inspect cable stays without closing traffic, during the day and without putting an inspector’s life at risk. Bridge cable stays are inspected every 2 years on every bridge in the National Bridge Inventory. Current Inspection Method
CableScan® Inspection Method
A previous conventional inspection of an 84-stay bridge found one problem on bridge cable stays. IPC performed a QC check of that inspection and found 12 issues on 9 of the 84 stays. In addition, during the inspection conventional inspection requiring lane closures, 6 accidents occurred over a 12-week period. CableScan®-R is a repair robotic system that makes minor repairs without lane closures or boom trucks. This is an add-on to the CableScan® patent that is in patent pending status but the solution will create a secondary revenue stream to conduct minor repairs on Cable Stayed bridges without lane closures or a bucket truck.
Wire Rope Inspection Service (Patent Pending) File # Serial/ Reg. # RopeScan® is a robotic inspection system that inspects wire ropes across all industries. The unit is attached to wire ropes like suspender cables of suspension bridges and ascends the steel cable locating loss of metallic area inside of wire rope. This service helps owners determine when to replace their wire rope. The unit is portable, wireless and accurate. For bridge cables there are no lane closures or bucket trucks required.
ColumnScan® (Patent Pending) File # 127353 Serial/ Reg. # 87/463,235 The first of its kind, ColumnScan® is a robotic inspection system that inspects the inside of bridge columns on complex bridges. The unit lowers into columns and inspects the interior of each column utilizing LIDAR, high definition video and still images. It transmits information to a surface station for onsite evaluation and reporting.
ColumnScan® Inspection of the interior of bridge columns Graphical images of ColumnScan®
ColumnScan® is equipped with high definition videos and cameras to fully record and compare deterioration progression over time with more detail than ever preserved before. Today, columns are inspected by lowering an inspector into a confined space from another confined space. The inspector is lowered into the column with a breathing apparatus, a flashlight and a camera. ColumnScan can perform these inspections with full HD video and infrared technology to locate concrete deterioration without risk of injury or life of an inspector. The inspection unit is light weight, portable, wireless and accurate. Providing more quantitative data than every before seen by the asset owners.
CrackScan® (Patent Pending) File #125825, Serial Reg. # 87/172,393,5,168,767 Conventional crack inspections are conducted every two years on all 614,387+ bridges in the national bridge inventory. 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 closing traffic and placing an inspector in a bucket truck raised 40 to 60 feet to the underside of a bridge. The inspector is moved along the bottom of the bridge with a plastic measuring plate looking for cracks.
CrackScan can be placed on a tripod on the side of the bridge, without closing traffic. Then a scan can be performed on the underside of the bridge measuring cracks using precision laser light without putting an inspector’s life in danger. CrackScan can inspect these bridges for the same costs the DOT’s are spending today with increased accuracy.
Current Inspection Method
CrackScan® inspection Method
A double-blind study was performed on two bridges in Nevada. The engineering firm selected for the study found no cracks of a size that, in their professional estimation, required no recording on the first bridge. One was found and recorded on the second bridge. IPC’s inspection service found 6 cracks on the first bridge and 8 on the second. The engineering firm performed a second inspection and agreed with IPC’s findings.
IPC Services IPC Inspection services will be offered direct to local, state and federal DOT’s for Bridge and High Mast Light Poles (HMLP) inspections. IPC will pursue all contracts as a “Prime” once funding is secured. This will allow IPC to sub out work that it does not want to handle. Once funded, IPC will be a Prime and eligible to quote as such. If IPC is not selected as one of the three finalists in a bid, they will contact one of the other “primes” so they may utilize IPC’s technology to win additional bid points during final selection. IPC services will be offered within 24 months for water control structures (dams, ports, levy’s) airports, railroads and building inspections. Bridge inspections were chosen first because of the existing in -house experience, the recurring revenue they generate and the lack of competition. Bridge inspections in the USA are required to be conducted every two years and high mast light poles every 5 years. Currently inspection methods are 50yrs old, manual in nature and provide subjective results. IPC’s robotic inspection services provide quantitative data that better help the DOT allocate their existing assets and does this within their current maintenance budgets. Addressable market potential for all niches IPC will approach is over $70 billion worldwide. Bridge Deck Deterioration Assessment – identifies 12 levels of deck deterioration and delamination. This is used to identify high levels of deterioration for repair as well as early stage deterioration. Remaining Life Assessment – used to project the remaining life of a bridge based upon a Certified Bridge Inspector (CBI) inspection report and a full structure NDT inspection. Bridge Roadway Approach Assessment – used to identify levels of void formations, water intrusion and loss of base and/or sub-base density under roadway approaches to bridges.
Bridge Approach Slab Condition Assessment – identifies a slab’s ability to maintain traffic flow by measuring slab deterioration, void formations and loss of density within base and/or sub-base under slab. Bridge Abutment Backwall Assessment – Used to identify water intrusion through backwall of abutments, void formations and scour conditions within base and/or sub-base behind backwall. Bridge Rebar Pattern and Size Assessment – Identifies primary and secondary rebar patterns, bar sizing and cover depth. External Tendon Conditional Assessments – Locates corrosion with external bridge tendons. Steel Bridge Section Loss Assessment – Identifies section loss and stress within load members and adjoining elements. Bridge Damage Assessment – Involves determining structural integrity after a structure has been damaged through impact or fire. Bridge Tendon Corrosion Assessment – Identifies voids and corrosion within external bridge tendons. As we grow our staff, we will bid more of these contracts directly with the department of transportation and asset owners as a “prime” and sub the work within those contracts that we do not perform to subs.
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation (IPC) is a robotics technology firm providing preeminent infrastructure inspection data using reliab...
Published on Sep 14, 2018
Infrastructure Preservation Corporation (IPC) is a robotics technology firm providing preeminent infrastructure inspection data using reliab...