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Silo Inspection Programs

Silo Inspection

Marietta Silos Inspection Services recommends regular inspection of concrete structures to ensure their continued safety.

Marietta Silos recommends that all concrete storage silos be inspected every two to five years depending on their condition and the amount of usage.  If the silos are subject to extreme usage, an annual inspection may be appropriate.

Following the silo inspection, a report will be issued documenting the inspector's findings and listing any repair recommendations.  If repairs are necessary, Marietta Group can provide a proposal to complete these repairs through Marietta Silos or Marietta Inspection Services as appropriate.

Silo Inspection
Silo Inspection

AI SUPPLEMENTAL INSPECTION

AI Supplemental Inspection uses drone capture technology to obtain images and videos of the entire silo or bulk storage container exterior. This data is then processed, using proprietary software, into an interactive 3D model. Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms identify damages or defects on the silo surface. Defect information, including type, measurement and exact location, are then ranked in order of severity.

  • Can be used as a standalone, supplemental inspection service between regular inspections
  • Highly accurate AI software can detect even small defects (smaller than 0.1 mm) and map the precise location onto the captured silo image for future examination
  • Faster crack and exterior defect mapping
  • Customers receive detailed PDF with damage mapping analytics ranked by severity
  • When used annually, gives you a clear portfolio to track defect changes year by year and reduce liability from unexpected failures

 

Silo Inspection

BASIC- LEVEL 1 INSPECTION

Under Level 1, inspector will complete a thorough, basic inspection. We will:

  • Observe the walls, foundation and roof from the ground or other locations as available 
  • If possible, observe the silo discharge area
  • Level 1 +AI adds the AI Supplemental Inspection

 

AUGMENTED - LEVEL 2 INSPECTION

Silo Inspection

Level 2 inspection is a more thorough examination by a crew that includes all items listed in the Level 1 inspection as well as:

  • Sounding of the concrete for delamination
  • Non-destructive thickness testing of the exposed silo cone area
  • If possible, inspection of the silo interior through roof and wall openings
  • An interior inspection accomplished through vessel entry, as needed 
  • And if necessary, a silo design engineer can review the inspection findings
  • Level 2 +AI adds the AI Supplemental Inspection

 

COMPREHENSIVE - LEVEL 3 INSPECTION

Inspection Level 3 will include Level 1 and Level 2 procedures along with:

  • Exterior and interior rigging to allow the inspector to observe the walls
  • This level of inspection includes the services of a senior silo design engineer to observe the silo and make recommendations
  • Level 3 +AI adds the AI Supplemental Inspection

Regardless of the silo inspection level chosen, every effort will be made to determine the condition of the silo or concrete structure and identify problem areas.

Following the silo inspection, a report will be issued documenting the inspector's findings and listing any repair recommendations. If repairs are necessary, Marietta Group can provide a proposal to complete these repairs through Marietta Silos or Marietta Inspection Services as appropriate.

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