Mining of Unmanned Aerial System Operations and Data to Improve Emergency Operations during Natural Disasters

In the midst of a natural disaster, information and the ability to access various locations may be compromised by blockage of roads and bridges, collapsed buildings, flooded roads, electricity outages, among other possible circumstances. Having the ability to communicate and access any given location is of extreme importance to ensure the safety of the population. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) can be used to access hard-to-reach areas and gather vital data such as the current state of infrastructure, water levels in dams and levees, road blockages, waste debris, and many other information of importance before, during and after a natural disaster. The proposed research will improve the efficiency of the current methods that emergency operation centers (EOC) currently use to gather data and aid in the decision-making process during and after a natural disaster. The information will also be made available to State transportation agencies. The findings of this research will result in more effective site recognition and data acquisition for the states in the South Central area and all other States as they are all prone to the adverse effects of natural disasters. A final report will detail information on the methodology used for this research and data acquisition of pertinent information during and after natural disasters such as the condition of flood control structures, power lines, street level conditions of roads, rising water levels, number of damaged homes and waste debris piles, among many other.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $ 210000
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  • 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:

    Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)

    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Project Managers:

    Mousa, Momen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Louisiana State University

    3660G Patrick F. Taylor Hall
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jafari, Navid

  • Start Date: 20200801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220401
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01757513
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747106
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2020 4:22PM