The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for engineering geology applications

Giordan D.; Adams M.S.; Aicardi I.; Alicandro M.; Allasia P.; Baldo M.; De Berardinis P.; Dominici D.; Godone D.; Hobbs P.; Lechner V.; Niedzielski T.; Piras M.; Rotilio M.; Salvini R.; Segor V.; Sotier B.; Troilo F., 2020, The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for engineering geology applications, Bulletin of engineering geology and the environment (Print) (2020). doi_10.1007/s10064-020-01766-2,

This paper represents the result of the IAEG C35 Commission "Monitoring methods and approaches in engineering geology applications" workgroup aimed to describe a general overview of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their potentiality in several engineering geology applications. The use of UAV has progressively increased in the last decade and nowadays started to be considered a standard research instrument for the acquisition of images and other information on demand over an area of interest. UAV represents a cheap and fast solution for the on-demand acquisition of detailed images of an area of interest and the creation of detailed 3D models and orthophoto. The use of these systems required a good background of data processing and a good drone pilot ability for the management of the flight mission in particular in a complex environment.

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