Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Infrastructure Management

The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to inspect, inventory, and monitor interchange assets along the New Jersey roadway network. The team will use video and photographic data collected by UAS to perform preliminary inspections on multiple components of the interchange including: signage, roadway markings, barrier island, and asphalt condition. Along with data collected on the individual assets, the team will collect aerial imagery data of each interchange as a cohesive unit. These images will be processed and rendered into a three-dimensional model. This three dimensional environment could provide additional insight into the interchange as a whole, which may not have been noticeable with conventional two-dimensional images. This project could result in a training program for engineers regarding the best practices of how to implement UAS into their interchange inspections. It could provide additional information regarding flight planning, image distances, sensor types, altitude, and safe distances necessary for a safe and productive inspection.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $ 29881
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC28

    CAIT-UTC-NC49

  • 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 Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    O'Connell, Michael

  • Start Date: 20170701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677600
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC49
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2018 1:28PM