ASSURE member New Mexico State University Partners with U.S. for UAS Dam Safety Program

July 6, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced a partnership with New Mexico State University to develop a dam inspection program that uses unmanned aircraft systems.

Reclamation's Research and Development Program is providing $35,000 to NMSU to fund the project, which is to address concepts of operations and safety requirements. The NMSU program will also select the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system and appropriate sensor equipment.

"The research project will determine the applicability of unmanned aircraft systems as a tool for infrastructure inspection using light detection and ranging (LIDAR), infrared (IR), photogrammetry and HD video," USBR said in a release.

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