The Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems to Remotely Collect Data for Road Infrastructure

From Canada to Tanzania, transportation agencies are using unmanned aerial systems (UASs), also known as drones, to collect data, design and construct road infrastructure, inspect bridges, monitor roads for avalanche and mudslide dangers, identify flood damage risks in urban areas, reconstruct crash scenes, and monitor traffic and road conditions. Based on survey results collected as part of this study Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Tanzania and USA, have performed a number of research projects for the use of UAS in civilian applications such as pre-construction surveys, construction inspections, asset monitoring and maintenance, traffic management, natural disaster response etc. The biggest benefits of using UAS are low cost, readily available, efficiency, quick turnaround, safety and the ability to reach remote locations. At the same time the industry is facing many challenges due to stringent regulations and bylaws by national and local governments. In spite of these hurdles, a large number of organizations have used this technology successfully in various fields. An extensive literature research was conducted to explore the use of UAS in various sectors, mainly related to roadway infrastructure. These case studies are presented in this report. The report also describes how information from these case studies can be used for implementing UAS in the roadway sector.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685267
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604938
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2018SP03EN
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2018 12:27PM