Monitoring the Condition of Unpaved Roads with Remote Sensing and other Technology

Strategy for monitoring the condition of unpaved roads is a hybrid approach comprising two interrelated systems: UAV-based Remote Sensing (RS) of road condition - will acquire road imagery with high resolution from an UAV platform, and assess roads based on the condition parameters derived through the development of sophisticated algorithms for image processing and analysis: and Predictive Road Condition Modeling using RS Data - the road condition data are produces by developing a robust road condition model using satellite derived environment data and other road data. The extracted road condition parameters in approach 1 will be directly used in local transportation agencies for road condition monitoring and maintenance. In addition these data will also be used in the development of the statistical model in approach 2 as field data for training and verification. Furthermore, the statistical model that will be developed in approach 2 will be constantly updated and improved by the observation data and the derived parameters provided in approach 1, leading to an operational system for road condition monitoring.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research, Commercial Remote Sensing


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Singh, Caesar

  • Performing Organizations:

    South Dakota State University, Brookings

    Box 2201, AD 130
    Brookings, SD  United States  57007
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhang, Chunsun

  • Start Date: 20070601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35414

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494536
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-07-H-0007
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 27 2013 1:00AM