Date of Award


Degree Name

Computer Science


College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Wook-Sung Yoo, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Paulus Wahjudi

Third Advisor

Dr. Cong Pu


Bridge inspection has a pivotal role in assuring the safety of critical structures constituting society. However, high cost, worker safety, and low objectivity of quality are classic problems in traditional visual inspection. Recent trends in bridge inspection have led to a proliferation of research utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This thesis proposes a Trusted Platform for Bridge Inspection Management System (Trusted-BIMS) for safe and efficient bridge inspection by proving the UAV-based inspection process and improving the prototype of the previous study. Designed based on a Zero-Trust (ZT) strategy, Trusted-BIMS consist of (1) a database-driven web framework with security features for bridge inspection management, (2) a mobile interface supporting the inspection data collection using UAVs, and (3) a mutual authentication protocol for the Internet of Things (IoTs). The server script language used to implement the web system was PHP and React Native was used for the mobile application development. The secure communication algorithm used server-side PHP and client-side JavaScript, and MySQL was adopted as the database. This paper provides an overview and details of Trusted-BIMS and demonstrates the overall process of bridge inspection using UAVs and applied technologies to the proposed platform. The result of this research will make an important contribution to the field of UAV-based bridge inspection. Further research can be conducted on refined implementations of security algorithms, more comprehensive security schemes, and machine learning technology to reduce human intervention.


Bridges – Inspection – Technological innovations.

Computer security.

Internet of things.