Techvation, Inc. Announces New Bridge Inspection System

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Company officials at Techvation, Inc. unveiled the Automated Chain Drag System (ACDS) today at the National Bridge Management, Inspection, and Preservation Conference in St. Louis, MO. The ACDS automates manual sounding processes, such as chain dragging and hammer tapping, used by a bridge inspector to mark and record voids and defects in the concrete known as delaminations.

The accuracy of the ACDS provides a data collection system that rivals the capabilities of ground penetrating radar, but at a much more affordable price, and it can be run with very minimal training.

Company officials at Techvation, Inc. unveiled the Automated Chain Drag System (ACDS) today at the National Bridge Management, Inspection, and Preservation Conference in St. Louis, MO. The ACDS automates manual sounding processes, such as chain dragging and hammer tapping, used by a bridge inspector to mark and record voids and defects in the concrete known as delaminations. Ivy Pinion, Techvation President and CEO, stated, “The accuracy of the ACDS provides a data collection system that rivals the capabilities of ground penetrating radar, but at a much more affordable price, and it can be run with very minimal training. Also, since the ACDS technology is based on sound waves, it avoids any risk of human exposure to RF energy”. The automated capability of the ACDS significantly reduces inspection time, and it inherently provides an electronic record of the inspection that can archived for future assessments of the rate of aging and degradation. Chief Engineer Gary Boudreaux expressed his excitement for finally being able to get the system into the hands of the users. He said, “This technology was developed at Mississippi State University several years ago and our combined efforts have validated the operation of the system in numerous ways, including one test in which a delamination area identified by the ACDS was cored and extracted from the bridge. You can’t get much better confirmation than that, so its time to get it in the hands of the inspectors.”

The ACDS technology is exclusively licensed from Mississippi State University to Techvation.

For additional information about Techvation or the ACDS, please contact William I. (Ivy) Pinion, P.E. at IvyPinion@TechvationInc.com or visit the web site at http://www.TechvationInc.com.

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