Evaluating the use of Drones in the area of Transportation/Construction


  • Kasim A Korkmaz Eastern Michigan University, School of Visual and Built Environment, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • Shariq I. Mohammed Eastern Michigan University, School of Visual and Built Environment, Ypsilanti, MI, USA




Drones are proving out as a valuable tool and growing quickly in the world of technological advances. The applications of these vehicles are spreading widely in the areas of remote sensing, real time monitoring, goods delivery, security, defense, surveillance, infrastructure inspection. Although, the intent behind creating this tool was remote sensing. Smart drones will be the next big innovation and modification, which would have much wider applications especially in the field of infrastructure where it can reduce risks and lower costs. Current direct evaluation techniques are tedious, and the information caught is frequently not led in a precise manner with the areas tested not being geographically correct and the resulting reports being delivered past the point of no return. These were the reasons, which have increased the demand and usage of unmanned vehicles. In this research paper, we present critical review of main advancements of Drones in the area of transportation and agriculture. We present all the research related to civil applications in those areas and challenges including traffic monitoring, Bridge condition assessment, Roadway asset detection and many other applications related to infrastructure inspection enhancement. The paper also contributes with a discussion on the opportunities, which are opened, and the challenges that need to be addressed. Findings from the case studies, it is reported that around 25% of the bridges in united states are deficient and need continuous monitoring for enhancements to prevent any hazard. Unmanned vehicles could be a great help in monitoring these bridges and other important components of transportation, which can efficiently minimize the cost as well as the time spent on inspection for each of this component, as manual inspection requires labor and time which would be subsequently reduced by incorporating the usage of drones in the area of transportation.


Drone applications; transportation; construction; civil applications


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How to Cite

Korkmaz, K. A., & Mohammed, S. I. (2020). Evaluating the use of Drones in the area of Transportation/Construction. Journal of Architectural Environment & Structural Engineering Research, 3(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.30564/jaeser.v3i1.1787


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