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Using mapping drones for disaster prevention & response


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Adam Klaptocz of Drone Adventures and senseFly explains how autonomous mapping drones (UAVs) can help NGOs and similar organisations to make better decisions - using the latest drone technology to take high-resolution aerial photographs of at-risk areas and disaster zones, before transforming these shots into accurate 2D 'orthomosaics' (maps) and 3D models.

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Using mapping drones for disaster prevention & response

  1. 1. Adam Klaptocz Using mapping drones for disaster prevention & response Co-founder and President Head of Hardware and Mechanical Engineering
  2. 2. How does a mapping drone work?
  3. 3. 01 Flight planning (via simple automated software)
  4. 4. 02 Hand launched
  5. 5. 03 Autonomous flight & image capture
  6. 6. 04 Automated image processing (producing 2D orthomosaics, digital elevation models and even…)
  7. 7. … full 3D point clouds
  8. 8. 3 case studies… How can drone-sourced data and maps help?
  9. 9. Typhoon Yolanda (Leyte, Philippines) 11.8.2013 01 Post-disaster needs assessment & relocation planning
  10. 10. Up to 80% of homes damaged
  11. 11. Countless livelihoods destroyed
  12. 12. Mapping drones used to give an up-to-date, accurate picture of people’s communities
  13. 13. Involving them directly in the assessment effort
  14. 14. Producing highly detailed maps for community leaders to start using the very next day
  15. 15. An example high-resolution orthomosaic
  16. 16. Highly accurate, up-to-date data on which to base important planning decisions…
  17. 17. Allowing leaders like the Mayor of Tacloban to understand the effects of the disaster on the worst hit, often informal, communities
  18. 18. The Mayor’s previous map, showing plots due to be developed by a wide range of donors
  19. 19. The orthomosaic (hosted online) the Mayor can now use to coordinate relocation efforts
  20. 20. Fukushima tsunami & nuclear disaster 3.11.2011 02 Reconstruction monitoring
  21. 21. Removing radioactive topsoil in Iidate village (N.W. of Fukushima)
  22. 22. Tsunami damage in Hisanohama
  23. 23. 3years on… many towns like Tomioka have yet to be Reconstructed & satellite imagery is out of date
  24. 24. Time to launch
  25. 25. A drone-sourced high-resolution orthomosaic (take-off point in blue) Used by local gov. for town planning & reconstruction tracking
  26. 26. Port-au-Prince, Haiti April 2013 03 Preparation and prevention
  27. 27. A dry riverbed in Port-au-Prince, home to a popular market that is susceptible to flooding
  28. 28. 3 drones were used to map 45 km2
  29. 29. This knowledge was used to mitigate flood damage…
  30. 30. … by identifying where to place measures to slow erosion and increase water absorption
  31. 31. Drone-sourced geospatial data is already here • Cost-effective • Immediate • High-resolution • 3D How will you use it?