Inspection of flood defences in challenging meteorological contitions

Company: Shore Monitoring&Research

Website: www.shoremonitoring.nl

Address: Burnierstraat 52, 2596 HW Den Haag, The Netherlands

Contact: Mr. Matthieu de Schipper (Tel:0031644818331, Matthieu(at)shoremonitoring.nl)

 

Company profile:

Shore Monitoring&Research is a SME specialized in consultancy and monitoring river and coastal systems. The company is based in the Hague (the netherlands) and 5 persons in size.

Main products are inspections of flood defences and advise based on field gathered data. Main customers are dredging companies, local and national government bodys as well as consultancyand research institutes. Our data and assessment of flood defences is of primary importance for safety of the hinterland as well as judging the effectiveness of mitigation measures. The Small size of the company enables us to respond quickly to emergencies such as major storms, large river floods and heavy rainfall.

 

 

Use case description:

To safeguard the safety of the hinterland it is essential to perform regular inspection of flood defences. In part this can be done during calm conditions, however it is also essential to inspect the flood defence during critical conditions (i.e. a storm, a large river flood or heavy rainfall). This latter to detect weak spots and mitigate immediately. As these flood defences have usually a length of O (10-100’s km) this is very labour intensive.

Over the last years UAVs have slowly been tested and applied for first inspection case, the regular checkups of flood defences. However, during adverse conditions, these more standard fragile systems fail. Rainfall and heavy winds make it impossible to operate these UAVs. Therefore during these conditions inspections are still done with large teams walking/driving along the flood defence for visual inspection.

 

Motivation:

The motivation to use a robotic solution would be to be able to cover larger stretches at the instant of the emergency (when a quick response is needed) with less people. Moreover it would largely reduce the amount of people that would be sent near hazardous locations.

 

Expected Impact:

A robust UAV solution that can operate even during heavy winds and rain would be a large reduction in manpower, and therefore an enormous cost reduction. Especially if this robustness can be combined with the ease of use of current UAV systems, enabling less skilled pilots to perform the inspections. Moreover in case of hazardous conditions, such as a breach of a dyke or levee, the data from such a UAV would provide both synoptic and detailed information of the damage. Apart from the industrial impact listed above, more rugged UAVs would also open up recreational and photography markets for the adverse conditions.

 

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