UAV

Kansas DOT teams with Iris Automation on drone test flight program
News November 06, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), in coordination with Flights by Iris Automation, has entered the testing phase of a program aimed at enabling new detect and avoid capabilities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).   The Integration Pilot Program was implemented by the Federal...
Skyward sUAS flight safety
Article November 05, 2018
Outfitted with fluorescent vests and hard hats, construction workers enter jobsites alert to the injuries or fatality-causing hazards that surround them, such as falls from heights, electrocution or being struck by objects. In fact, OSHA’s 2015 statistics for casualties reported 937 total deaths in...
UAV-CRP technology comprised of DSLR camera

UAV-CRP technology is comprised of DSLR cameras mounted to the UAVs that fly over the infrastructure to image the terrain and structures from various angles.

Article November 01, 2018
Transportation infrastructure relies upon pavements, bridges, railways and airports, forming the backbone of every nation’s economy.   Longevity of civil infrastructure is dependent on different factors, such as the loading and environmental conditions, utilization rate, and frequency of disasters/...
UAV program
News August 14, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) this week will begin the state’s first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights as part of its participation in a new federal program aimed at further incorporating drones into U.S. airspace.   KDOT says in a media advisory that it will conduct its...
UAV testing
News June 11, 2018
DriveOhio will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to understand how to manage traffic, roadway incidents and roadway conditions along the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor beginning July 1.   The three-year $5.9 million project is intended to complement autonomous and connected vehicle tests along the 35...
Drone surveying work
News May 29, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) is beginning a pilot project to determine how drones could be used in future road design work, employing UAV technology in conjunction with a road project for the first time last week.   KSDOT has contracted the Kirkham Michael engineering firm to...
UAVs
News May 03, 2018
This October, the 4th Annual Commercial UAV Expo trade show will host a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) vendors showcasing airframes, components, software and services all focused on commercial applications.   The event, which was recently recognized by Trade Show Network News as one of the...
State of the bridges 2018
Article May 01, 2018
Some would say Mississippi is fortunate not to see all four seasons.   The weather is on the mild side for much of the year. Yet things still shrivel up in the state and have to wait for conditions to improve.   On April 12, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, issuing a...
UAV drones
News April 26, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is adding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help its engineering staff safely and more efficiently inspect bridges and perform surveying work along state highways.   Through a federal innovative technology grant, ADOT has eight new aerial drones that...
FAA drone innovation zones see flood of applications to participate
News December 01, 2017
President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.   The new initiative proposes to set up “innovation zones” in certain state and local...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
UAV bridge inspection
Article October 05, 2017
Drones. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Regardless of how they are referred, these highly versatile machines continue to gain traction, expanding beyond recreational use into commercial applications.   The civil engineering industry is a leader, exploring uses for the...
Kentucky highway project
News September 07, 2017
Identified Technologies, the leading provider of automatic drone mapping and tracking for construction and energy job sites, announced a partnership with Kokosing Construction Company in May 2017; the partnership reduced costs and increased efficiency on a multi-million dollar Kentucky highway...
Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston
News August 29, 2017
The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and continued rainfall over the past few days has most modes of transportation in Houston and a larger region of the state at a standstill.   State highway conditions consist of road closures because of flooding all along the Texas coastal area...
Proposed rules would allow U.S. to track and destroy drones
News May 24, 2017
The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York...
Drones are flying over construction jobsites
News February 20, 2017
Drones are flying over construction jobsites. The value and usage is beginning to be discovered among many contractors.   In fact, a recent report by Research and Markets states that global demand for drones in real estate and construction industry will reach a cumulative market value of $20.5...
Drone Inspection sign
Article September 06, 2016
Drones have been heralded as the next big thing in bridge inspection.   However, until recently, little has been done to prove the effectiveness, safety and cost savings of the technology. Building this bank of proof is vital for businesses and government organizations looking to move bridge...
Federal Aviation Administration establishes new regulations for commercial drones
News August 30, 2016
On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the new Small UAS Rule (Part 107), changing operation regulations for the commercial drone industry across the nation.   Part 107 established new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, establishing...
Sandusky River Bridge
News August 17, 2016
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone.   The drone will be used to inspect the Sandusky River Bridge, a 970-ft-long bridge in Sandusky County some time in mid-September.   The turnpike...
State DOTs employing drones to improve safety, collect data, slash costs
News March 28, 2016
The following is an edited version of a release issued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.   A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic...
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