PacTrans: Unmanned Aircraft System Assessments of Landslide Safety for Transportation Corridors

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Keith Cunningham (UAF)

Michael OlsenĀ (OSU)

Joseph Wartman (UW)



  • Start Date: Jan 16, 2015
  • End Date: Jun 15, 2016

Project Documents

Project Final Report

Project Summary

The proposed research addresses Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PACTRANS) research priority of using new data-driven technologies to improve the safety of transportation systems in the Northwest United States. Landslides pose significant threats to the safety of motorists throughout the mountainous terrain of the Pacific Northwest The research will advance landslide safety assessment for transportation corridors by capitalizing on recent advances in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and new low-cost Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry techniques. The resulting improved hazard assessment techniques will facilitate cost-effective evaluation of landslide safety across the broadly distributed transportation networks of the Pacific Northwest.