Investigating the Capabilities of the UAV-Predator for Reclamation Infrastructure O&M
Can access to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) named Predator, and it's acquired remotely sensed data, be used successfully by Reclamation employees to investigate,monitor, or map Reclamation facilities and infrastructure on either a routine or as needed basis?
Need and Benefit
Current applications within Reclamation for the Predator and its sensor package may include SSLE and the O&M program. The thermal infrared sensor in particular may prove useful for monitoring and surveillance activities around our facilities and infrastruture; canals, powerplants, switchyards, and even the dams themselves all come to mind. The SAR sensor may be useful for investigating subsidence or creating elevation data. Our interaction with OAM, other DOI Bureaus, and even the Corps may turn up other valuable applications.
Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Investigation of the Potential Useof the Unmanned Aircraft System Predator B on Reclamation Projects (final, PDF,
By Alan Bell
Report completed on October 07, 2014