Monitoring Highway Assets with Remote Technology

The purpose of this research was to evaluate the benefits and costs of various remote sensing technology options and compare them to the currently used manual data collection alternative. The Dye Management Group, Inc.'s (DMG's) evaluation was used to determine how useful and feasible it would be to perform inventory collection of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) twenty-seven high/medium priority assets. DMG performed a pilot project; using several selected routes in MDOT’s Southwest Region, to evaluate different remote technologies and to provide recommendations for how best to implement the most viable of these technologies as data collection tools and data centralization methods. Results and recommendations include: (1) Remote technologies are capable of gathering highway asset data on most MDOT assets. Notable exceptions include assets not readily visible from the roadway (e.g. culverts). (2) LiDAR technology, while useful in the appropriate application, produces a level of detail beyond that necessary for the assets identified under this study and was not considered a cost-effective alternative. (3) Mobile imaging technology offers an opportunity to effectively gather highway asset data while decreasing worker exposure to traffic, increasing data accuracy and quality, speeding data collection, and reducing overall costs relative to manual data collection methods. (4) DMG recommends that MDOT outsource data collection using mobile imaging technology to a vendor that can handle a project of this magnitude.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01536411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RC-1607
  • Contract Numbers: 2012-0636
  • Created Date: Aug 26 2014 1:27PM