Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems Data Collection into Day-to-Day Usage for Transportation Infrastructure/Program Asset Management and Systems Operations

MDOT has funded research demonstrating applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) based data collection and then developing the workflows to implement the applications into regular use to meet the Department’s needs for timely, highresolution, safely collected, repeatable, and objective data (builds off MDOT’s Phase I & II UAS Research). A third phase is needed to make these data, applications, and workflows part of day-to-day usage for management and operations (planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, asset management, etc.) especially under new federal rules that are increasing the practical deployment of UAS. This phase would enable leveraging of these rapidly advancing technologies to meet operational data needs for connected vehicle corridor surveillance, construction site monitoring, asset management, traffic monitoring, geophysical evaluations, incident management, infrastructure inspection (e.g., bridges, roads, railways, etc.), confined space safety assessment, and pro-active monitoring of roadways and bridges, among other applications. For corridor assessment, how UAS can help replace and/or augment current systems operations sensor devices needs to be considered. In a funding-limited environment, UAS have the potential to collect critical data more inexpensively, if data can be effectively used through timely and innovative processing, analysis, and sharing through decision support tools


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    • Status: Completed
    • Contract Numbers:

      2019‐0311 Z1

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Michigan Department of Transportation

      Murray Van Wagoner Building
      425 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 30050
      Lansing, MI  United States  48909
    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan Technological University, Houghton

      University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI)
      1400 Townsend Drive, 301 Dillman Hall
      Houghton, MI  United States  49931
    • Principal Investigators:

      Brooks, Colin

    • Start Date: 20190612
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220611
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01774539
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 2019‐0311 Z1
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 21 2021 2:51PM