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As the technological capacities and capabilities of geospatial data acquisition enhance employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), geospatial data users must now wrestle with whether it is more beneficial to utilize UAVs to map, chart, survey, examine, and record an area's topography and graphical features or stick with the traditional method of Manned Aerial Mapping (MAM) aircraft for better aerial data acquisition. Factors such as project scope, location, size, budget, accessibility, time constraints, and project site security and accessibility play a significant role in selecting which method would bring the best results. The December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment and Tottenville, Staten Island, a prominent location heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy (Superstorm Sandy) in October 2012, will be used for the comparison to gauge which process will produce a more effective result and why. Also, for the purpose of this research, the focus will be geared towards Aerial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) versus Aerial Photogrammetry.


This poster was presented at the 38th Semi-Annual Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors & Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, May 4, 2023. Mentor: Professor J. R. Lemuel Morrison (Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology).