|Damage estimation using unmanned aircraft||- Damage Estimation|
For insurance purposes and to help emergency relief and recovery services, photograph the consequences of accidents and natural catastrophes. Maintain continuous aerial monitoring of disaster and accident areas, using a fleet of Unmanned Aircraft to enable a professional team to efficiently manage recovery efforts.
|Weather related damage|
- Perform continuous digital elevation mapping, using LIDAR, of regions that have just experienced an earthquake, to monitor the changes in the earth’s surface.
- Monitor relief efforts in a region that has suffered an environmental catastrophe, such as an earthquake, a tsunami, a hurricane, a tornado, flooding, or, a drought.
Trail of destruction left by a tornado. From tornado in Oklahoma.jpg.
|Cyclone Nagris in Burma (Myanmar)|
Photograph from "The Metro" newspaper, Friday May 9 th , 2008, attributed to Xinhua.
Aerial photograph showing some of the devastation in the Irrawaddy delta in Burma (Myanmar) following Cyclone Nagris which struck around 03:04 on Saturday 3rd of May, 2008.
One of the many serious problems related to the location and suitable burial of the many bodies that were decaying in the surrounding water. These decaying bodies would be the source of disease to a population weakened by a variety of injuries sustained during the cyclone, lack of food and lack of fresh drinkling water.
Unmanned Aircraft could be used to locate the bodies and monitor relief efforts.
An oil platform ripped from its mooring in the Gulf of Mexico, rests by the shore in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Tuesday August 30, 2005, after hurricane Katrina passed through the area. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove).
Unmanned Aircraft were used to monitor the flood damage, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
This photo shows flooded roadways, as the Coast Guard conducted initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment over-flights of New Orleans on Monday August 29, 2005. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi).
from http://eyeball-series.org/kat01/katrina-01.htm (link no longer exists).
From http://eyeball-series.org/kat01/katrina-01.htm (link no longer exists).
|Damage to an oil platform during Hurricane Katrina|
BP $1 billion Thunderhorse Platform, listing at 20° in the Gulf of Mexico.
From http://www.resourceinvestor.com/pebble.asp?relid=11305 thunderhorse3.jpg.