Narrator: This is Science Today. A prototype
of a moving, high-speed, radar-equipped bridge inspector
called HERMES, has been successfully giving engineers
accurate diagnostic information about the state
of roadway concrete and bridge decks. Jose Hernandez,
a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
who helped designed HERMES, says it won't be long
before a series of states in the country will build
a second prototype to improve the system.
Hernandez: Make it more robust and try to
get it closer to an engineering prototype that could
then be transferred to the commercial sector.
Narrator: The efficient HERMES system poses
to revolutionize the costly, time-consuming way
infrastructure are currently inspected.
Hernandez: I believe that it's a matter of
time before this kind of technology would be the
way of inspecting and maintaining our infrastructure
and the time will come when they'll be so many of
them out there. I mean, it will be a common thing
and the states will all have a fleet of these things.
And not only would they be used for inspecting bridge
decks, but roads.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.