The Rise of UAVs Signals a New Era in Geotechnics: Big Data in Geotechnics is Coming from Above

by Dimitrios Zekkos, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Associate Professor; Ann Arbor, MI, zekkos@geoengineer.org,
William Greenwood, (S.M.ASCE), PhD Student; Ann Arbor, MI, wwgreen@umich.edu,
John Manousakis, Consultant; Athens, jmanous78@gmail.com,
Jerome Lynch, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Professor; Ann Arbor, MI, jerlynch@umich.edu,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 5, Pg. 72-77


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: If you have been following the news, browsing the internet, or even gazing up in the sky, it is likely that you have seen an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also commonly known as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or simply "drone." Although UAVs have existed for many years, a rapidly growing market of small UAV (defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as weighling less than 25 kg) has recently emerged. UAVs comprise a global, multi-billion dollar industry, and although the defense sector currently makes up the majority of the market in dollars, an increasingly significant segment is being deployed for civilian purposes, including surveillance, mapping, resource monitoring, cinematography, and entertainment. Every day, more UAV technologies are becoming available in the market: UAVs with integrated cameras, racings UAVs, as well as large and small fixed-wing or multi-rotor UAVs. It is estimated that nearly one million UAVs were sold in last year's holiday season alone!

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft | Robotics | Federal government | Internet | Vehicles | Industries | Mapping | Cameras

 

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