The Civil and Construction Engineering department has several components that will leverage UAS, and autonomous systems in general, related to disaster preparedness (specifically the Cascadia Lifelines Program), geodetics, geomatics and geospacial data management for land surveying and transportation systems.
Cascadia Lifelines Project: Oregon State University has established the Cascadia Lifelines Program, a research initiative to help improve critical infrastructure performance during an anticipated major earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone along the coast of Oregon. “Lifelines” are the key to saving lives and minimizing damage, and aiding in recovery of the region following a disaster. The list of participating partners reflects agencies and companies that understand the challenges they will face. The partners include the Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland General Electric, Northwest Natural Gas, the Bonneville Power Administration, Port of Portland, Portland Water Bureau, Eugene Water and Electric Board, and Tualatin Valley Water District. Directed by Scott Ashford.