SPR 2013 Prime KTC: LIDAR Utilization

  • Rister, Bradley (PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


This research will explore the benefits of using LIDAR on highway infrastructure projects. LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of a target by illuminating the target with light, often using pulses from a laser. LIDAR technology has application in geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, remote sensing, atmospheric physics, and contour mapping. This research project will focus on the following major tasks: • Literature search on how LIDAR is being used for highway infrastructure projects throughout the US. • Use existing LIDAR technology currently available on the University of Kentucky’s campus in the Center of Visualization to demonstrate LIDAR’s applicability on highway infrastructure projects. • Solicit demonstrations from LIDAR vendors to explore additional features of the technology that may prove to be useful for highway infrastructure projects. • Provide a written summary of the applicability of using LIDAR on highway infrastructure projects. Efforts will also be made to identify the cost/benefit ratio of deploying LIDAR on highway infrastructure projects to that of conventional methods of data collection.
Effective start/end date7/1/126/30/13


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