Road and railway infrastructure buildings require more rationally planned maintenance in order to minimize the consequences of their inevitable degradation. Proper maintenance of this type of building can greatly increase user safety and reduce the risk of collapse. The project is aimed at developing an autonomous robotic system and unmanned aerial vehicle with detailed inspection methods. Combining the developed systems with numerical modeling of structures will enable the assessment of their load-bearing capacity and service life, timely response and ultimately lower maintenance costs.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering (GF) of the University of Zagreb is the main beneficiary and coordinator of the project. The project is implemented in cooperation with partners, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) of the University of Zagreb. By connecting the fields of construction, robotics and computing, an interdisciplinary unit has been created that offers an innovative solution for the maintenance, monitoring and management of transport infrastructure buildings. It will become a strong strategic partner to the public and private sector and form a kind of competitiveness cluster in the field of construction modernization.

The project in duration of 36 months (December 20, 2019 – December 19, 2022) has a total value of HRK 7,199,141.25, of which HRK 6,044,277.43 is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the call ‘’Investment in science and innovation – first call KK.’’.