NI Water uses drone boat to inspect reservoirs
Northern Ireland Water is to start using an unmanned drone boat to inspect the bottom of its reservoirs.
The 1.2m long, high-tech waterborne vehicle is able to calculate the depth of reservoirs and its readings will be used to build accurate 3D models and work out the volume of water stored.
Derek Patterson, Asset Delivery at NI Water, said: “Although we were using historical data to calculate the volume of a reservoir, we were searching for a more accurate way to do this and to determine the structural state of the reservoir without the need to drain it.
“Measuring in at 1200mm long, the boat drone can be easily transported and lifted by one operator. Using GPS guidance, it navigates a predefined grid pattern across the reservoir surface taking a depth reading every second and logging the coordinates. The data from the survey is then processed to create a 3D model of the reservoir bottom and from this, an accurate volume of the reservoir can be calculated. With this information we know the exact volume of water remaining in a reservoir at any given depth which aids in our water management strategy.”
NI Water also has an airborne drone, the Skyhero, at its disposal which is used for aerial surveys, 360 degree pictures, 3D terrain modelling, thermal surveys and sea outfall inspection.
- England poised to mirror Scottish success with retail competition The chief executive of Business Stream is optimistic that the introduction of retail competition in England in 2017 should... Read More >
- Welsh Water launches Welsh Baccalaureate to develop skills Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has launched its new Welsh Baccalaureate resource at Cardiff and Vale College. The company was... Read More >
- Yorkshire Water using VR gaming technology to design futuristic sites Engineers at Yorkshire Water are turning to virtual reality technology developed by the University of Sheffield to help... Read More >
- Opinion: People and technology must work together The idea of People vs Tech is outdated: People + Tech is the way forward, write Simon Parker and Roger Williams Read More >
- Collaboration and demand-led approach key to innovation success An Enterprise Ireland water innovation seminar, hosted in Dublin in collaboration with Wet Networks (an Arup and WRc... Read More >
- Comment: New tech and partnerships will up the ante on leakage Closer partnerships, technology and connectivity will be the key to tackling leakage, with collaborative delivery... Read More >
- Round Table: Smart Asset Management for Water Companies Smart asset management is expected to drive significant improvements in water companies' operations, but is the industry... Read More >
- The robots aren't coming... they’re already here Stantec lead design engineer Dan Causley looks at advances in technology and their role in boosting productivity in the... Read More >