Innovation of the Month: Unmanned Aerial Systems
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, transform highway transportation by enhancing safety and productivity and reducing cost.
During August, we will give you examples of UAS deployment in three major categories—structural inspection, construction inspection, and emergency response—and show the benefits agencies using UAS are already seeing.
In structural inspection, UAS improve safety for inspection teams and the traveling public by reducing the need for temporary work zones.
In construction inspection, UAS provide data for surveying, project scoping, quantity verification, and work zone traffic monitoring.
In emergency response operations when roadways are impacted and difficult to access, UAS allow agencies to make informed decisions in response to rockslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes, fires, severe storms, and other emergency events.
To learn more about UAS and how they are changing the way transportation agencies do business, visit FHWA's UAS website or view the UAS orientation webinar. If you would like to learn how to deploy UAS in your State, please contact James Gray with the FHWA Office of Infrastructure or John Haynes of the FHWA Utah Division.