Development of an Integrated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Validation Center

This pooled-fund study proposes to develop the standards, protocols, and testing requirements that a given unmanned aerial systems (UAS) must meet and demonstrate for a particular application. As an example, considerations regarding UAS deployment for bridge inspection may include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) Safety in constrained locations where line of site is limited, (2) Imaging system performance in poorly lit environments, (3) Control of the UAS while flying between large steel girders, (4) Adequate resolution of the imaging system for detecting the damage of interest. The objectives of the study are two-fold: Development of the specific criteria a given UAS must meet for each particular application and Determining how to validate that a given UAS meets the required criteria. The current industry is unregulated with regard to establishing the required level of performance for UAS in civil engineering applications. The results of this study will be the development of the performance measures and validation criteria that agencies can use when making decisions about deployment of UAS in the context of civil engineering.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $700000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    600 West Peachtree St
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Delaware Department of Transportation

    800 S Bay Road
    P.O. Box 778
    Dover, DE  United States  19903

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1408 E Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    Van Wagoner Building
    425 W. Ottawa Street
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
  • Managing Organizations:

    Indiana Department of Transportation

    1101 State Office Building
    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204
  • Project Managers:

    Rearick, Anne

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240229
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01709892
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(387)
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2019 9:13PM