Do drones have a future in DOTs?
Unmanned aerial systems have promised to make infrastructure inspection easier, prompting transportation departments across the country to experiment with the devices to get a closer look at bridges in particular. But how accurate are these UAS? Drone-based sensor systems are now being put into the air with hardware that provides high-density point clouds at a lower cost than ground-based mobile mapping systems, according to Qassim Abdullah, a chief scientist and associate at Geospatial Services at Woolpert.
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