UAVs in pipeline design and rehabilitation of construction corridors

Breinl, Anton (2016) UAVs in pipeline design and rehabilitation of construction corridors. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Surveying techniques used in pipeline construction have evolved slowly. Terrestrial surveying has dominated the industry with surveyors generally using total stations or Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) systems. Newer technology such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been developed and is creating interest in the pipeline construction and pipeline surveying industry.

This study compared terrestrial RTK GNSS surveying techniques against new UAV data collection techniques in terms of useability, field accuracy analysis and cost analysis when surveying the same 3.5km section of a 25m wide construction corridor. The study found no significant difference in the accuracies of the UAV surveys compared with those of the traditional RTK GNSS surveying techniques. However the operational costs using the UAV technology were about one third of the more traditional techniques. Moreover there were also significant benefits using UAV technology from workplace health and safety perspectives, from variations from initial planning perspectives, and for resolving post-pipeline disputes between landholders and pipe laying contractors.

This study suggests that high resolution aerial orthomosiac imagery, detailed digital surface models (DSM) and high density point clouds all generated from UAV data will become the benchmark for the design and rehabilitation stages of pipeline surveying and construction.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Gharineiat, Zahra
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 01:43
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: pipeline design; construction corridors
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31379

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