Though moving slowly, an active landslide near Branson, Missouri presents an ongoing maintenance challenge to the four-lane highway nearby. To assess the land’s movement and predict future road maintenance needs, the Missouri Department of Transportation initiated a research project to use modern technology to monitor the slope’s movement.
Using unmanned aerial vehicles and LiDAR to measure the terrain’s surface, and several high-tech instruments to better understand conditions below ground, the agency was able to identify patterns in the movement that can be used to develop near- and long-term mitigation solutions.
Read the two-page brief: Landslide Monitoring Methods: Application of Existing Technologies to Long-Term and Real-Time Monitoring of Slope Movements, February 2023
Image source: Missouri Department of Transportation