Protecting transportation infrastructure using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Trans-Alaska Pipeline

What we are doing

Our research, funded by the US Department of Transportation, investigates how unmanned aircraft systems could be used to monitor critical pipeline corridors. Its goals are to: 

  • Determine best practices for the persistent surveillance of critical pipeline infrastructure
  • Develop a proactive decision system for engineers

UAS software developers recognized for innovation

(October 2014) ArcticFire, a Fairbanks software development company, won a $10,000 prize at the 2014 UAF Arctic Innovation Awards for Routinely, software that simplifies the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Keith Cunningham, principal investigator for this project, is Founding Advisor for ArcticFire, the Fairbanks company that developed the software.

Routinely lets users control their drones and their payloads with a phone, laptop or tablet. The prototype and concepts presented at the Arctic Innovation Awards are the core of this product, and will be integral to this project.