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Dr. Mehran Mehrandezh shown
holding a prototype of the device.
At the University of Regina researchers like Dr. Mehran Mehrandezh are using
their expertise to make the world a safer place.
One of the ways Mehrandezh and his team are doing this is through the
development of robots that can assess the structural integrity of underwater guy-wires or large ropes for offshore oil rigs. The robots are able to travel hundreds of
metres of rope to give workers a safer way to view potential defects. Each one is
equipped with cameras and lasers which give operators the ability to measure the
diameter of the rope they are inspecting and in turn show them inconsistencies
such as permanent deformation in the rope, loose or broken strands, and kinks
due to periodic bending-load shocks.
This method is safer for workers – it reduces human error – and
significantly lowers the risk of catastrophic environmental
disasters. These versatile robots can also be used to test the
safety of bridges, pipeline and underwater infrastructure.
While the robots are currently in the prototype stage of
development Mehrandezh expects they will be ready for
use in the field within the next two years.