Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Inspection of Tack Coats and Ancillary Highway Structures

This project will investigate the feasibility of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to accelerate and improve the inspection of tack coats and ancillary structures. The research team will take a data-driven approach: identifying the key assessment needs and data products to support DOT inspection workflows, and to implement these criteria to dictate the development of the necessary algorithms and UAV hardware. The objective of this project is to investigate whether and how UAVs can be applied to enhance the current practice of inspection for tack coats during asphalt pavement renovation and for ancillary highway structures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project funded from competitive funds WVU Fed: $69,971 WVU Match: $69,971 GMU Fed: $69,112 GMU Match: $69,112 VTI Fed: $139,336 VTI Match: $139,336


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $556,838
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA  United States  16802
  • Project Managers:

    Donnell, Eric

    Rajabipour, Farshad

  • Performing Organizations:

    West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown

    886 Chestnut Ridge Road
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061

    George Mason University

    Fairfax, VA  United States  22030
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dai, Fei

    Lattanzi, David

    Hebdon, Matthew H

    Wang, Linbing


  • Start Date: 20200120
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220815
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01731131
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847103
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 19 2020 3:40PM