Development of TxDOT UAS Flight Operations Manual, Policy Recommendations, and Initial Application Evaluations

Performance and current state of conditions of civil infrastructure can be determined using close range photogrammetry (CRP) techniques via high-resolution digital cameras mounted on unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs). This proposed research describes how appropriate use of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) with their UAVs can be integrated with CRPs to help in infrastructure performance assessment. A UAS covers all of the work that a UAV does and makes that work possible through a ground-based controller, a system of communications connecting the UAVs and the controller, and the personnel and guidelines that keep their use functional and safe. Foundational work first covers selection and acquisition of UAS-CRP technologies as well as development of specific guidelines for operation of UAVs. The acquired UAS-CRP will then be studied in infrastructure investigations related to pavements performance and railway track assessments. All these tasks, if proven effective will increase safety with less boots on the ground, reduce survey costs, increase readiness, and help with ease of use and accuracy for transportation infrastructure condition assessment. The final outcome of the research will present a framework and guidelines on how UAS-CRPs technology can be used to effectively perform pavement and railway track assessments.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $770910
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Glancy, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Arlington

    P.O. Box 4089
    Arlington, TX  United States  76010

    Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

    6300 Ocean Dr.
    Corpus Christi, TX  United States  78412

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Puppala, Anand

  • Start Date: 20161107
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01626221
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6944
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2017 3:47PM