Artificial intelligence assisted condition assessment

W. Nash, L. Holloway, T. Drummond, N. Birbilis

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The confluence of aging infrastructure and commodity prices has created a scenario where maintenance costs are often prohibitive and inspection has become the primary means of ensuring the integrity of critical infrastructure. This inspection comes at a considerable cost due to the need provide access to equipment that is often elevated and operating, for example, in the oil and gas environment. Deep learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) computer vision systems are revolutionising many fields, and condition assessment can take advantage of this progress to provide expert opinion systems on site, and direct inspection resources to areas of high risk. In this work, the capability of semi-supervised deep learning networks to conduct rapid condition assessment of complex steel structures is presented. Currently this technology is applied in post-processing of site photos, although this provides for some time saving, a roadmap is provided to deploying this software for on-site assessment in real time, for example with cameras mounted on drones, or augmented reality headsets, and explore the challenges remaining for field deployment. Some pitfalls of artificial intelligence systems and how to avoid them are discussed, whilst a discussion of the extensibility of these systems is also be presented to illustrate how A.I. can be used to tackle problems in other areas.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAustralasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Conference 2017: Corrosion and Prevention - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 12 Nov 201715 Nov 2017


ConferenceAustralasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleCP 2017


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Corrosion
  • Deep learning
  • Inspection

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