About Project

Project Title: Multi-level Adaptive Remote Sensing System

Sponsoring Organization: USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) 

Program Manager: Mr. Caesar Singh


A joint research team of the Arizona State University and The University of Iowa, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, has been awarded a research project by the US Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, under The Commercial Remote Sensing and Spatial Information (CRS&SI) Technologies program.

Recent efforts initiated through funding by the RITA CRS&SI technology program have focussed on civil infrastructures such as  bridges. Underwater monitoring technology, which is a necessary element for bridge scour evaluation needs to be developed for a robust total bridge health management.  A Multilevel Adaptive Remote Sensing System (MARSS) is being developed to address the issue of underwater scour. The MARSS features a number of novel concepts such as comprehensive scour assessment under both clear-water and live-bed conditions, Residual Useful Life (RUL) estimation based on the current state, semi-autonomous Decision Support System (DSS) tools capable of fusing data from different sources to an immersive visualization environment, enabling decision making.

This project will give a potential solution to the RITA CRS&SI technology program’s motto to “reduce inefficiencies, improve system performance, and assess infrastructure condition through implementation of applied research.”


“The views and opinions expressed herein are entirely those of the author and do not represent the views of the Commercial Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Technologies Program, the U.S. Department of Transportation, or any of its Operating Administrations.”