Efficiently monitoring and managing large pipeline networks for the distribution of water to commercial and residential properties has many challenges.
Many areas are inaccessible making it potentially unsafe for personnel to physically inspect the assets.
The current practice of using manned aircraft to acquire imagery can be expensive.
It can be difficult using satellite imagery and data to distinguish between bodies of water and urban features, as it may be outdated or affected by weather conditions such as cloud cover and rain.
It is important to be able to locate and identify anomalies such as cracks, surface degradation, leaks and weed encroachment within spillways and along pipelines in a timely manner. This is needed in order to mitigate the risk of water wastage and to identify points where basins have been compromised by soil and debris being washed downstream.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles allows for real-time data collection, creating a more efficient means of conducting inspections on assets.
Aerial data can quickly and easily be analysed, allowing water experts to respond to issues faster and more cost-effectively than conventional methods.
Protective measures can be implemented with greater precision to transform a normally high risk inspection activity to one which takes humans out of harm’s way.
Experts can extensively plan conservancy measures and recreate weather scenarios, developmental impacts, and climate changes to operations, which could potentially affect water management processes.