RTA starts a trial-run of drones in inspecting Dubai Metro tunnels
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), revealed RTA’s intention to start a trial-run of drones in inspecting Dubai Metro tunnels extending 14 km on both the Red and Green Lines. Using drones enables a precise and fast inspection of the condition of assets. It saves the inspection time, enables accessibility to arduous spots and generates highly accurate reports about the condition of tunnels.
Al Tayer made these remarks during a visit to Dubai Metro Depot at Al Rashidiya accompanied by the CEO of Rail Agency Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, and several directors and engineers.
“This initiative, which is in line with Smart Dubai Strategy 2021, uses custom-made drones fitted with multiple cameras enabling pictorial monitoring of tunnels via high-definition lenses. It also enables the inspection of tunnel walls through infrared radiation. The technology generates instant reports easing the assessment of the condition of assets, monitoring the maintenance works and detecting faults. The process is linked with RTA’s Maintenance Department, and provides a paperless digital inspection platform that curbs potential human errors,” said Al Tayer.
During the visit, Al Tayer reviewed initiatives and projects undertaken by the Rail Agency to improve the operation and maintenance of Dubai Metro, such as the trial-run of using nanotechnology at Noor Bank Station. The technology reduced the cost of the station exterior cleaning by 35%, decreased the cleaning and maintenance frequency, and enhanced the protection of front-ends and floors of both stations and trains. It also enhanced floor resistance to scratching and adhesion, facilitated self-cleaning and boosted thermal insulation characteristics.
Al Tayer was briefed about the digitisation of Dubai Metro including the use of onboard smart screens to relay passenger information and ads, and the automated hi-tech fare gates that facilitate passengers flow besides improving security and safety aspects. The process also included the use of giant screens spanning 80 metres at the metro stations platforms.
Al Tayer also reviewed the Smart Stores at Dubai Metro Depot where RTA has become the first government entity to implement smart storage system. The implementation of the initiative increased the storage capacity by a massive 700% and increased operational efficiency by 50%. He also reviewed the latest developments of manufacturing metro parts using 3D technology which saved time and money and improved quality.
At the end of the visit, HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer paid tribute to the improvement initiatives and projects of the Rail Agency.
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