Non-Destructive Remote Sensing of Hazardous Waste Sites

by Gary J. Weil, EnTech Engineering Inc, St. Louis, United States,
Richard J. Graf, EnTech Engineering Inc, St. Louis, United States,
Leann M. Forister, EnTech Engineering Inc, St. Louis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Digital Image Processing: Techniques and Applications in Civil Engineering


This paper describes how the non-contact, nondestructive, remote sensing techniques, of Computer Enhanced Infrared Thermography and Ground Penetrating Radar, may be used to detect buried waste sites, buried tanks/pits, and tank/pit leak plumes. This technology may be used from mobile vehicles, helicopters or man-portable systems and is able to cover tens of acres per day depending upon the system method used. This proven, but relatively new technology, will be described in theory, by procedure and the use of case studies based upon successful projects during the last ten years.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Occupational safety | Hazardous wastes | Computer vision and image processing | Sensors and sensing | Recycling | Radar

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