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Investigating the Capabilities of the UAV-Predator for Reclamation Infrastructure O&M

Project ID: 9059
Principal Investigator: Alan Bell
Research Topic: Condition Assessment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: None

Research Question

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.

Research Products

A report on possible applications of the UAV Predator. Powerpoint presentation. Meetings as needed and budget allows.

This information was last updated on September 21, 2014
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