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Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Photogrammetry to Obtain the International Roughness Index (IRI) on Roads

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School of Civil Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Av. Brasil 2147, Valparaíso 234000, Chile
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School of Civil Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(24), 8788; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10248788
Received: 11 November 2020 / Revised: 1 December 2020 / Accepted: 7 December 2020 / Published: 8 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Civil Engineering)
Road inspection and maintenance require a large amount of data collection, where the main limiting factor is the time required to cover long stretches of road, having a negative impact on the optimization of the work. This article aims to identify modern tools for road maintenance and analysis. To carry out the research, recent methodologies are used to guide the work in different stages to adequately justify the processes involved. Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cameras, and GPS, three-dimensional virtual models are reconstructed, which are useful for extracting the necessary information since they allow for accurate replication of the captured. In this way, it is possible to obtain longitudinal profiles associated with the road, and with it, the international roughness index (IRI) is calculated, which gives results within 0.1 (m/km) of the certified official results, which shows its potential use and development. View Full-Text
Keywords: road engineering; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); photogrammetry; longitudinal profile; international roughness index; IRI road engineering; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); photogrammetry; longitudinal profile; international roughness index; IRI
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Prosser-Contreras, M.; Atencio, E.; Muñoz La Rivera, F.; Herrera, R.F. Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Photogrammetry to Obtain the International Roughness Index (IRI) on Roads. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 8788. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10248788

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Prosser-Contreras M, Atencio E, Muñoz La Rivera F, Herrera RF. Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Photogrammetry to Obtain the International Roughness Index (IRI) on Roads. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(24):8788. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10248788

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Prosser-Contreras, Matías; Atencio, Edison; Muñoz La Rivera, Felipe; Herrera, Rodrigo F. 2020. "Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Photogrammetry to Obtain the International Roughness Index (IRI) on Roads" Appl. Sci. 10, no. 24: 8788. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10248788

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