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Awards Registry

Automated, Drone-Based Grade Crossing Inspection
Profile last edited on: 3/3/2021

Program
SBIR
Agency
DOT
Total Award Amount
$443,814
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Joshua Doran
Activity Indicator

Location Information

Visiostack Inc

1521 Laurens Road PO Box 6363
Greenville, SC 29606
   (864) 214-5883
   info@visiostack.com
   www.visiostack.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   04
County:   Greenville

Phase I

Phase I year
2020
Phase I Amount
$146,727
AXIS (Aerial Crossing Inspection System) is an innovative highway-rail grade crossing inspection system that will use UAVs and machine learning to perform inspections with unprecedented efficiency. AXIS is an end-to-end solution that will pre-plan inspection flight paths, use drone-mounted cameras to create a 3D model of the crossing, calculate the crossing’s risk profile and generate detailed technical reports.Instead of using expensive LiDAR hardware, AXIS will use high-end, but significantly less expensive, cameras to assess crossings by leveraging modern photogrammetry techniques. This imagery will also enable a high-quality 3D model of the crossing to be created, providing further context for decision making.In addition, AXIS will use drones to drastically decrease the time needed to perform inspections, utilizing machine learning to automatically evaluate a crossing’s risk profile. AXIS will make highway-rail crossing easier to evaluate and make inspection information accessible to key personnel, which will reduce safety related incidents.

Phase II

Phase II year
2020 (last award dollars: 2020)
Phase II Amount
$297,087
AXIS (Aerial Crossing Inspection System) is an innovative highway-rail grade crossing inspection system that uses UAVs, cloud processing and clustered-computing to perform inspections with unprecedented efficiency. AXIS is an end-to-end solution that preplans inspection flight paths, uses photogrammetry to create a 3D model of the crossing, calculates the crossing’s risk profile and