Publication Date

Summer 6-12-2017

Committee Chair

Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.


The practical application of drones is dependent on the accuracy of their sensors. This study was conducted to statistically compare the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) existing data with the newly acquired data created with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. To better serve California, Caltrans requested this study to assess the use of drones in highway planning and design. Caltrans historically outsourced its aerial imagery acquisition to third party contractors. This process takes months for the imagery to be delivered, is expensive, and prone to delays. Determining the accuracy of drone mapping would allow the organization to have an in-house team dedicated to creating new data with a turnaround time of hours rather than months if the accuracy meets industry standards.


Poster presented at the USGIF's GEOINT 2017 Symposium featuring preliminary results.


Article Location