FLOOD CONTROL AND INSPECTION OF DYKE SYSTEMS WITH DRONES
Damaged areas on dyke constructions are not easy to detect from the ground. The ascent into dykes to investigate the damage is time-consuming. Although the damage cannot be seen with the naked eye, it may result in a breach of the dyke in the event of flooding. The risks associated with dyke damage for the population, agriculture and building development during a flood should not be underestimated.
Drones provide a cost-effective and efficient alternative for monitoring the dyke systems. Dykes can be patrolled from the air with drones and examined with thermal imaging cameras affixed for this purpose. Damaged spots in the dyke bodies can be identified on the created thermal images. Such damage can arise due to, for example, an excessive load as a result of flooding or heavy rainfall. It is possible to create a location image and identify damaged spots by patrolling with high resolution thermal imaging cameras. Dyke inspectors, who inspect the dykes in these flood protection facilities, can use the flying robot technology for their work in an optimal way.
DISASTER RELIEF UND MONITORING WITH DRONES
The situation is often confusing after fires, avalanches, earthquakes, landslides and other disasters. Many areas cannot be reached easily or viewed without danger. Drones can help in these situations: They provide detailed aerial photographs of destroyed buildings, terrain and infrastructure and can be used to help assess the situation after a disaster.
Search for missing persons and rescue with drones
Accidents, fires, earthquakes, landslides or flood damage all require a rapid response. The disaster regions can often only be reached with difficulty or under risky conditions. An efficient response is needed within a few hours to save lives. The affected areas can be examined from the air with the help of drones. People who have saved themselves by climbing onto a roof, for example, can be located from the air. Drones are also able to locate missing persons with thermal imaging cameras.