2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Exploring the Use of Data from Newer Technologies in Road Design

Degree Program

Civil engineering, MS

Major Advisor Name

Mandar Khanal

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Use of Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) is widespread all over the world. Currently field and photogrammetric surveying are the predominant methods to acquire terrain information; however, lidar data is being increasingly used for this purpose. This research examines the usefulness of aerial and mobile lidar data for highway geometric design. Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) will also be added to this analysis. This research will answer the following questions: 1) To what extent can lidar/ UAV replace traditional land surveying in road design? 2) Up until what stage of road design are data from such newer technologies acceptable?

Funding Information

Pactrans educational grants

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