Penn State Students Design ‘Stormbot’ that Inspects Storm Drains

Published by , April 23, 2018 1:57 pm

(PSU.edu)  The Public Works Department of Horsham Township, Pennsylvania worked with a group of Penn State engineering students who created a cost effective and budget friendly robot to inspect the interior of storm drains. The students successfully designed and delivered Stormbot, a custom video inspection robot they built, in the spring of 2016. Stormbot allows the public works staff to examine images and video captured by the robot to determine the exact location of any problems and to decide the best approach to remedy the damage.
Each year since then, students enrolled in subsequent robotics courses taught by Robert Avanzato, associate professor of engineering at Penn State Abington, refine and improve Stormbot based on requests from Horsham Township. This spring, they upgraded its reliability and waterproofing, and improved the ability for the robot to be driven out of the pipe effectively.

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