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A review of rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developments and applications in civil engineering

  • Liu, Peter (Department of Electrical Engineering, Tamkang University) ;
  • Chen, Albert Y. (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Huang, Yin-Nan (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Han, Jen-Yu (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Lai, Jihn-Sung (Hydrotech Research Institute, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Kang, Shih-Chung (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Wu, Tzong-Hann (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Wen, Ming-Chang (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University) ;
  • Tsai, Meng-Han (Center for Weather Climate and Disaster Research, National Taiwan University)
  • Received : 2013.12.19
  • Accepted : 2014.04.12
  • Published : 2014.06.25

Abstract

Civil engineers always face the challenge of uncertainty in planning, building, and maintaining infrastructure. These works rely heavily on a variety of surveying and monitoring techniques. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are an effective approach to obtain information from an additional view, and potentially bring significant benefits to civil engineering. This paper gives an overview of the state of UAV developments and their possible applications in civil engineering. The paper begins with an introduction to UAV hardware, software, and control methodologies. It also reviews the latest developments in technologies related to UAVs, such as control theories, navigation methods, and image processing. Finally, the paper concludes with a summary of the potential applications of UAV to seismic risk assessment, transportation, disaster response, construction management, surveying and mapping, and flood monitoring and assessment.

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Supported by : National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan

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