Guidelines for using Photogrammetric Tools on Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Support the Rapid Monitoring of Avalanche-prone Roadside Environments

This research effort addresses the PacTrans’ topic area of Improved Reliability across Modes. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology (i.e. drones) paired with photogrammetric capabilities has the potential to provide rapid feedback on snowpack data that can be used to monitor and forecast avalanche risks. This data will assist Department of Transportation (DOT) winter maintenance staff who operate snow avalanche programs in the PacTrans region (Washington, Idaho, and Alaska) as well as most other western states with mountains, as they make difficult decisions about when to close and re-open highways in times of high avalanche risk or deploy other means of avalanche mitigation. This research effort creates a decision support tool to assist DOTs in more quickly responding to and mitigating avalanche hazards, opening roads, or avoid closing them at all and thus improving roadway reliability for both freight and passengers.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $360000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Washington, Seattle

      433 Brooklyn Ave. NE
      Box 359472
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-9472

      Washington State University, Pullman

      Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
      PO Box 642910
      Pullman, WA  United States  99164-2910

      Alaska University Transportation Center

      University of Alaska, Fairbanks
      P.O. Box 755900
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775-5900
    • Principal Investigators:

      McCormack, Ed

    • Start Date: 20190916
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210915
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01723929
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 27 2019 5:37PM