The Ups and Downs of Drone Inspections

A program to test the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) - or drones - was completed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) as a tool for conducting bridge inspections. The use of drones had its advantages, and disadvantages, as this article discusses. The first phase of the trial program consisted of examining the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for the use of drones and conducting inspections of four bridges. The second phase involved inspecting four additional bridges. Initial evaluations appear to hold promise for the future use of this tool.

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  • Authors:
    • Wells, Jennifer L
    • Kalar, Tara
    • Lovelace, Barritt
  • Publication Date: 2017-2


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  • Accession Number: 01635597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: May 25 2017 1:56PM