The Future of Mobility: Technology for Bridge Preservation and Maintenance

Thursday, June 15, 2023, 1:00–2:30 pm

About the Event

This webinar highlighted how sensors and drones are being used in bridge maintenance and preservation—and explored how such technologies may help to shape the future of transportation infrastructure.

U of M associate professor Lauren Linderman shared thoughts from her contribution to our Future of Mobility series. In Sensing the Future of Infrastructure, she explains that sensor technology can provide vital data about bridges and other structures, allow for better performance tracking, and help stakeholders make more informed choices about future projects.

Jennifer Wells, state bridge inspection engineer at MnDOT, discussed the agency's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) bridge inspections program.

The webinar was held in conjunction with a meeting of the CTS Transportation Infrastructure Research Council.

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Jennifer Wells

Lauren Linderman is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Her research is focused on cyber-physical systems to improve the long-term performance of structures or limit their response during transient events, such as earthquakes or strong winds. Her primary areas of interest include structural monitoring, vibration mitigation strategies, wireless sensor systems, and data acquisition techniques.

Jennifer Wells is the state bridge inspection engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and has been with the agency for more than 20 years. She is the project manager for the UAS research projects phases I and II. She received her bachelor's degree from Michigan Tech University and a master of science in infrastructure systems engineering from the University of Minnesota.


Attendees are eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits.

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