Solutions for the environment

Water sampling system


Drone-based surface water sampling system

Integration and performance evaluation of a sampling system on board a drone for monitoring surface water quality.

This new system developed by INRS will add to the company's expertise in environmental monitoring using appropriate technologies.

Objective of this project
The final objective of this research is to develop and integrate a water sampling (SE) system with DroneXperts drone technology and perform tests in a controlled and real environment. The realization of this project will allow DroneXperts to market this new system and also to offer its surface water sampling service by drone. DroneXperts currently has a system for sampling and measuring ambient air by drone, the AirDX-SM.
The partnership with INRS

As part of this partnership project, the DroneXperts team supports the university team in the different phases of the project. It uses its technical and technological expertise as well as its teams of experienced pilots and its fleet of drones. After a series of laboratory tests, flight tests were successfully carried out on December 22 on Lac St-Charles, north of Quebec City.

Tests carried out in winter conditions at Lac Saint-Charles, Québec City

System development

Integration and performance evaluation of a sampling system on board a drone for monitoring surface water quality.

The team

  1. 1. The INRs University team

    • Karem Chokmani: professor at the Eau Terre Environnement Center of INRS and director of the Laboratory for environmental remote sensing by drone (TED)
    • Alec Gagnon and Frédéric Forest: undergraduate intern, Robotics Engineering, University of Sherbrooke
    • Parham Nooralishahi, graduate student, Electrical Engineering, Université Laval
    • William Goulet: 1st cycle intern, Mechanical Engineering, Laval University
    • Jimmy Poulin: Research Professional, Geomatics, INRS
  2. 2. Industrial partner: DroneXperts

    • Patrick Chatelle: Environment/R&D Director

    Start date of partnership: 2019
  3. 3. Funding

    Program: Accelerate MITACS
    SEP Program: Partnership Engage Grant

About INRS

  1. About INRS
    INRS is a university establishment dedicated exclusively to research and graduate training. Since its creation in 1969, it has actively contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec. INRS is 1st in Quebec and Canada in terms of research intensity.

    It is made up of four interdisciplinary research and training centers, located in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval and Varennes, which focus their activities in strategic sectors: Water Earth Environment, Energy Materials Telecommunications, Urbanization Culture Society and Armand-Frappier Health Biotechnology. Its community has over 1,500 student, postdoctoral fellow, faculty and staff members.

The INRS Environmental Remote Sensing Drone Laboratory

The INRS Laboratory for Environmental Remote Sensing by Drone (TED) aims to contribute to improving knowledge in the use of data acquired by drone for environmental issues. The exact mission of the Laboratory for Environmental Remote Sensing by Drone is to design and develop innovative solutions for monitoring the state of the environment using sensors and devices embedded in drones.
Combining the advantages of remote sensing with the deployment flexibility offered by drones, the TED Lab fills a previously untapped research and development niche. Composed of different types of drones and a wide range of sensors, this state-of-the-art research infrastructure aims to develop innovative approaches and algorithms for monitoring the state of the environment using sensors embedded on drones. .
The laboratory's projects range from precision agriculture (Water stress detection using thermal infrared imagery; Nitrogen fertilization management using hyperspectral imagery) to the mining industry (Mineral mapping surface using hyperspectral imagery; Orthophotography and 3D modelling), as well as the study of aquatic ecosystems (Monitoring of water quality in lakes; Location of salmon spawning nests).

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