Synthesis: UAV Uses for Winter Maintenance


In recent years, state departments of transportation have adopted unmanned aerial systems (comprised of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone; a pilot; and the equipment, technologies and communication systems required to facilitate UAV use) for use in many agency operations. These emerging technologies have the potential to streamline workflows in multiple disciplines within highway transportation, including construction, engineering, intermodal transportation, and operations permitting. UAVs can provide a safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional asset inspection, data collection, emergency response and other DOT practices. However, information about its application in winter maintenance operations is limited.


To compile transportation agencys’ use of UAVs to identify ways in which agencies have implemented this technology, specifically in winter maintenance operations, and more broadly throughout the agency, as well as opportunities that could benefit from its implementation.

Expected Results

The deliverables from this project will include survey results and a final synthesis of the information gathered.