The use of UAVs in post-earthquake reconnaissance

Published: 16/02/2017

EEFIT funded research into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in post-earthquake reconnaissance missions is now available.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and omnidirectional camera technology may have a useful role to play in improving the outcomes of post-earthquake reconnaissance missions: high-resolution aerial images acquired using UAVs can provide additional vantage points to observe damage, and omnidirectional imagery can be used to virtually ‘walk through’ damaged streets with a 360 degree view.

This study explores the potential for 'virtual' damage surveys by comparing surveys completed on the
ground (ground-truthing) with omnidirectional images collected during the mission and interpreted by a virtual surveyor after the mission.

The report, “The use of emerging technology in post-disaster reconnaissance missions”, was completed by Harriette Stone, Prof Dina D’Ayala of University College London and Dr Sean Wilkinson of Newcastle University.


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