Pavement Condition Index reports are to be elaborated by airports regularly (typically every 12-24 months). Such inspections are included in ICAO regulations as “part of an aerodrome preventive and corrective maintenance programme”.
CANARD’s solution uses drones to reduce the time required for the field work from several days to a few hours. This means that the occupation time for runway and other operation areas is dramatically lowered. For example, a 4km runway can be inspected in less than 30 minutes. After the field work, the data is processed in our cloud-computing platform so the computer vision algorithms developed can detect and classify all the defects of the runway. After the data is verified, a standard report can be generated to comply with regulations such as the “Standard Test Method for Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys” [ASTM D 5340].
The solution is paired with CANARD’s software platform and tools that provide complete control of the operations and detailed view of the acquired data, allowing for analysis of the results and feedback to the maintenance procedures.
In the same way as the rest of our product lines, we are developing this solution and operational procedures according to ICAO regulations and in conversations with major airport operators and civil aviation authorities.