In recent years, the transportation construction industry has exponentially increased its use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology, commonly known as drones. Drones can be used in dozens of ways that save time and money, and enhance safety. But barriers remain that make the routine use of UAS technology logistically challenging and administratively burdensome.
- reviewed recent advancements in UAS technology for construction and maintenance of highway, bridge, and public transportation projects;
- presented the current regulatory pathways and best practices for utilizing UAS for ARTBA stakeholders across the lifecycle of projects;
- provided key case studies from across the country to bring best practices, return on investment, and cost-benefit analysis to life; and
- led a discussion on what federal provisions can help remove bureaucratic barriers to using this innovative technology, and how ARTBA members can support the effort.