Robotic Crawler at NYPA’s Niagara Power Plant

Rock Brynner

July 17, 2013



George F. Wong, senior engineer, New York Power Authority (NYPA), and Maria Guimaraes, project manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with advanced robotic equipment that was demonstrated at NYPA’s Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant on July 17. The “concrete crawler” was designed and built by International Climbing Machines of Ithaca, N.Y. and adapted by EPRI to evaluate concrete walls at power generating plants to ensure their structural integrity.


Innovative concrete inspection equipment known as a “robotic crawler” was demonstrated on July 17 at the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.  The equipment, adapted for use by the Electric Power Research Institute, was invented and designed by Sam Maggio of International Climbing Machines of Ithaca, N.Y. The mobile device uses sound waves to evaluate the condition of concrete structures.

Photo Credit:  NYPA

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