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Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Execute Water Conservation Design for Hillsides

Wei-Ling Hsu, Ji-Yun Jhuang, Yi-Sian Chen, Yan-Chyuan Shiau, and Tian-Yow Chern

(Received October 30, 2018; Accepted December 25, 2018)

Keywords: water and soil conservation, UAV, 3D models, hillsides, digital cameraThe applications of remote sensing technology and aerial images using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have fa-cilitated the development of large-scale land environment-monitoring technology. When design units are involved in water and soil conservation projects, engineering personnel must take valuable instruments to valleys and streams for mapping purposes; however, obtaining effective and accurate work site information is challenging. In this study, a remote-controlled helicopter equipped with a digital camera was used to take photographs of riverside slopes that are unreachable by land. Three-dimensional (3D) models of rivers and mountain slopes were constructed through software computation. This study thus provides references for design projects and shows how inaccessibility problems, caused by factors such as a difficult terrain, can be solved, thereby avoiding disasters that can occur when surveying dangerous areas. The method effectively saves labor and time to ensure that hillside-related projects can be completed on schedule.

Corresponding author: Yan-Chyuan Shiau



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