Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Plan

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are being used nationwide in an effort to improve safety, increase efficiency, increase quality, and reduce costs. A previous SPR2 funded research project tested UAS technology to ascertain the ability to assist NHDOT with operations, development, and the execution of transportation-related projects. In addition the study assessed UAS uses for other NH state agencies such as the Department of Safety. In order to facilitate deployment of UAS in the day-to-day activities of NHDOT, a UAS program plan is needed that will outline the organizational structure and program requirements to support implementation of this valuable technology. As many DOTs are ahead or behind on UAS implementation, portions of this plan could be gathered from or shared with other states as well as other NH State agencies. This proposed research project will develop a UAS program plan that may include but not limited to the following: • Review regional and national research on UAS application on transportation-related projects • Develop an internal policy for NHDOT UAS use. (NHDOT currently has a Commissioner Directive) • Review and determine the ITS needs for UAS Data. (Hardware, Software, Storage) • Determine current and future UAS budget needs • Short, medium, and long term alternatives for future UAS uses • Evaluate hiring a UAS consultant versus NHDOT UAS ownership • Develop a public outreach plan, include addressing privacy concerns • Develop a required safety plan for NHDOT UAS missions • Evaluate and recommend UAS Legislation • Determine and outline UAS skillset needs for NHDOT employees (current and future) to implement a UAS program.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01686180
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2018 1:41PM