Unmanned Aerial Systems Business Model Assessment for DOT&PF

The objective of this project is to compile and produce best practices and recommendations for optimizing small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) in the design of transportation projects. The study objectives are (1) acquire and process (orthomosaic) survey grade real-time kinematic (RTK) geotagged optical imagery, (2) evaluate the level of survey ground control required to improve the horizontal precision and accuracy of RTK geotagged imagery, (3) test and evaluate methods to increase the viability of using SUAS in arctic and sub-arctic conditions, and (4) provide documented methodologies and field training for both the SUAS acquisition of RTK geotagged optical imagery and the processing of RTK-enabled SUAS collected aerial photography.