Drones and LiDAR Mate for California Highway Construction Project

Yesterday, California’s Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and engineering firm Alta Vista Solutions showcased two emerging technologies on a construction project aimed to improve commutes on Highway 4: Engineers piloted drones equipped with LiDAR lasers and provided a live feed of the aircraft in action.

With assistance from Alta Vista, which proposed the method, CCTA flew the LiDAR scanners to measure land that needs to be moved for the $74 million project, which will rework the Balfour Road interchange. According to the partners, the drones ensure that the cut-and-fill earthwork goes...

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