UAS-Based Airport Maintenance Inspections: Lessons Learned from Pilot Study Implementation

Sungjin Kim, Daniel Paes, Kyuman Lee, Javier Irizarry, Eric N. Johnson

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Abstract

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can be used to collect visual assets such as 2D geo-referenced and infrared images. These 2D images can be converted into 3D point clouds through the UAS photogrammetry process. Such point clouds can then be utilized to detect obstructions around airports. This research describes the process of data collection, using UAS at airports to analyze point cloud data and document the potential implications of UAS-based airport inspections. Two field tests were conducted and three different UAS platforms were deployed. The Point Cloud Library (PCL) was employed to detect and measure trees around runways. The main contribution of this study is the provision of an overview of how UAS and visual assets can be used for airport inspections, in order to improve work efficiency and reduce human error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2019
Subtitle of host publicationSmart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019
EditorsYong K. Cho, Fernanda Leite, Amir Behzadan, Chao Wang
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages382-389
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482445
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019: Smart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience, i3CE 2019 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 19 2019

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil Engineering 2019: Smart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019

Conference

ConferenceASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019: Smart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience, i3CE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period6/17/196/19/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Kim, S., Paes, D., Lee, K., Irizarry, J., & Johnson, E. N. (2019). UAS-Based Airport Maintenance Inspections: Lessons Learned from Pilot Study Implementation. In Y. K. Cho, F. Leite, A. Behzadan, & C. Wang (Eds.), Computing in Civil Engineering 2019: Smart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019 (pp. 382-389). (Computing in Civil Engineering 2019: Smart Cities, Sustainability, and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784482445.049