Misturas focuses on the combined use of non-destructive inspection techniques in port areas
Misturas presented a paper on the results of the combined use of non-destructive inspection techniques in port areas at the III International Congress on Civil Engineering and Territory, held in Vigo last October.
Specifically, the leaders of the initiative highlighted that the combined use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Infrared Thermography (IRT) and Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) opens a new range of possibilities for the location, analysis and establishment of the scope of the pathologies that may appear in port premises. Thus, they stressed that, in many occasions, partial collapses or cavities and rills are produced in filling areas, which may alter the surface and affect the operations, endangering the integrity of port structures.
At the event, organized in Vigo by the Colexio de Enxeñeiros de Camiños, Canais e Portos de Galicia and the Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal, the authors explained to the attendants the case study of a port open area in Galicia in which they analyzed the potential of the three non-destructive inspection techniques (NDIT) combined in order to identify an underlying problem, analyze its causes and search the appropriate technical solution for its repair.
The outcomes show that GPR is an appropriate technique to obtain information about the inner part of the structures; the IRT camera is used to find superficial and sub-superficial anomalies, undetectable by visual inspections, and the TLS for the recognition and measurement of the pathologies found on the visible surface of the open area.