Exploring the Feasibility and Versatility of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Reclamation Mission Work

Project ID: 553
Principal Investigator: Angela Adams
Research Topic: Public and Employee Safety
Funded Fiscal Years: 2016
Keywords: None

Research Question

This study explored how UAS could be used in four representative Reclamation work scenarios: bridge inspections, rockfall hazard identifications, orchard water use surveys, and aquatic surveys. The project team collected information by reviewing pertinent literature and interviewing subject matter experts. Information gathered indicates that while investing in a UAS program would not be expected to generate immediate cost savings in conducting work, the investment expenses could be offset by better quality data to support decision making, and reduced employee exposure to risks for when performing work tasks.

Need and Benefit

Within the Department of Interior, use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support mission work is becoming more common, yet there is little understanding of how feasible UAS would be to support Reclamation work.

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.

Exploring the Feasibility and Versatility of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Reclamation Mission Work (final, PDF, 5.6MB)
By Angela Adams, KayLee Nelson, Tony Gagajewski
Research Product completed on December 31, 2016

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


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