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Title: Evaluation of roof leak detection utilizing unmanned aircraft systems equipped with thermographic sensors
Authors: Vance, Samuel J.
Richards, Matthew E.
Walters, Matthew C.
Keywords: Drone aircraft
Remote sensing
Military bases
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CERL TR-18-39
Abstract: Management of the extensive U.S. Army roof portfolio increasingly relies on intelligent, data-driven decisions in a resource-limited environment. Roof leaks constitute millions of dollars in damage to equipment, insulation, and other assets, and can be the source for mold and other human environmental hazards. In recent years, thermographic imaging has been used as a nondestructive means to detect the location of wet insulation in low-pitched roofs. Traditional acquisition methods of nondestructive roof leak detection include handheld rooftop inspection and aerial imaging by conventional, manned aircraft. Through the advent and maturation of un-manned aircraft system (UAS) technology, nondestructive thermographic inspections are a viable alternative to traditional thermographic data acquisition methods. This report concludes that the use of a UAS for roof leak detection is a cost-effective and efficient alternative to other inspec-tion methods, and it gives recommendations for the U.S. Army’s use of the technology.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CERL TR-18-39
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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