Evaluation of the Falcon 8+ Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Reclamation Bridge, Canal, and Infrastructure Inspections

Project ID: 1886
Principal Investigator: Alan Bell
Research Topic: Condition Assessment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2018 and 2019
Keywords: None

Research Question

Can the Intel Falcon 8+ UAS provide Reclamation with a better tool with which to conduct bridge, canal, and other infrastructure inspections and documentation.

Need and Benefit

We have the opportunity during the summer of 2018 to evaluate, at no cost to Reclamation, a UAS with features very beneficial to Reclamation (and other DOI agencies) for engineering and inspection purposes, and high-resolution imagery and geospatial data production.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

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.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Reclamation Bridge, Canal, and Infrastructure Inspections (final, PDF, 527.5MB)
By Alan Bell and David Salas
Report completed on September 30, 2021

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.


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Last Updated: 6/22/20