Research Activities: 2012

LIDAR Scanner for Highway Rock Fall and Slope Movement Monitoring

 Status Complete                         View Final Report: PDF
Sequential Number R331
Identification Number 00042038
Matching Research Agency

Geological Engineering Program

Principal Investigator

Norbert Maerz
Associate Professor
Missouri University of Science and Technology
1006 Kingshighway
Rolla, MO 65409-0710
(573) 341-6714

Student Involvement

Undergraduate students will be learning to operating the LIDAR equipment.  Graduate students will be learning to program data manipulation algorithm.

Project Objective

To measure the movement of soil and rock slopes in order to develop a model to better predict geological failures along highway rock cuts and slope.

Project Abstract

We are purchasing a LIDAR scanner (probable purchase price $33,470) to continue our work on measuring rock fall on highway rock cuts and soft slope movements on highways.


Relationship to other Research/Projects

The PI has done some work in this area (rock falls only) in a previous small research board/NUTC project in which some of the techniques were initially developed.


Transportation-Related Keywords

Rock fall, land slide, LIDAR

Technology Transfer Activities

Results will be published in journal articles and presented at conferences.


Project Deliverables

Large volumes of data on ongoing rock failures in Missouri highway rock cuts.  Work toward obtaining major NSF funding for this topic.


Anticipated Benefits

1) Further develop a methodology and prove the concept for this kind of measurement, and 2) educate graduate students on cutting edge measurement techniques.


Project Start Date: 03/01/2013
Project End Date: