Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) are developing a flying survey tool to save cities time and money after a natural disaster.
- A drone collects thousands of images of debris left outside homes in Beaumont by Hurricane Harvey
- The images are combined using sophisticated 3-D mapping software
- Cloud processing creates a complex map that shows height, width, and depth of the damage
The tools provide an accurate assessment of the amount they need to clean up according to Dr. Anand Puppala, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department and principal investigator on the project.
Credit: UTA (Photo: Wfaa-Field11)
In future, maps like this can help a city decide where it sends resources and shows damage to roadways down to the centimeter.
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