Moored Aerostat Systems (MAS) for Transportation, Incident Management, and Infrastructure Assessment

A common problem with existing remote sensing tools for highway operations is line-of-sight, coverage area, and availability and access in remote locations. That is, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) lacks effective and efficient capability for the deployment of mobile sensors capable of short suspense response for monitoring transportation infrastructure during project planning, construction monitoring, system and highway incident management. An efficient means to meet these needs is a low cost, Moored Aerostat Systems (MAS). Fixed towers and ground based sensors are height limited, immobile and only provide limited range coverage. Aircraft are expensive to operate, maintain, have higher liability and have limited endurance. Recent advances in sensor technologies have been driven by high-speed and low-cost electronics, advanced software operations, novel signal processing methods, and advanced manufacturing technologies. New developments in these fields provide promising technical solutions especially for their use in incident management, condition assessments and inventory collection. Aerostats have the ability to provide coverage in remote and inaccessible locations over large areas compared to aircraft, but with persistence of days or weeks instead of minutes and hours. The project are proposing the study of novel and advanced sensors applications on board a MAS to improve business processes in infrastructure assessment and inventory as well as advance interagency policy and procedures that support Incident Awareness and Assessment (IAA) for Quick Clear and incident response operations. In addition to uses of the MAS for ODOT related applications, MASs can be utilized as a shared asset amongst other State of Ohio Agencies further leveraging the state's investment. Discovery or identification of these potential applications need to be realized as well as their most effective implementation strategies. The goal of this research is to study the differing types of available advanced sensors on a Moored Aerostat System (MAS) for incident management and infrastructure assessment, as well as program development for the implementation of MAS systems for statewide employment.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $2156606
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Principal Investigators:

    Helmicki, Arthur

  • Start Date: 20160912
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210514
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210514

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610334
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 27899, 135310, 102141
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 7 2016 1:15PM