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Vortex robot for rapid low-cost scanning and improved nondestructive testing of large concrete structures

Large public infrastructure facilities around the world like dams, cooling towers and bridges use cement as the main building material. Although made from a durable material many of these large assets have begun to age and are in need of periodic inspection to ensure their integrity. Current inspection routine involves setting up scaffolds that have to be moved around for personnel to reach to the whole of the surface.





The VortexScan proposal seeks to develop a vortex robot that will autonomously navigate the vertical surfaces of such structures while deploying a combination of nondestructive inspection techniques.


The innovative technology will allow the inspection and maintenance sector of the concrete structure industry to maximise on efficiency and safety whilst reducing capital costs and industry down time. This will be achieved through the development of automatic and real time testing of structure.

Project Partners

VortexScan partners


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 605041.

For more information, please visit the VortexScan website.                                                                            7 framework