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UAV-embedded system for surface water sampling

Development of a drone based water sampling and data collection system  

Integration and performance evaluation of a UAV-based sampling system for surface water quality monitoring.


The final objective of this research is to develop and integrate a water sampling system (SE) with the UAV technology of DroneXperts and to perform the tests in a controlled and real environment. Completion of this project will allow DroneXperts to commercialize this new system and also to offer its surface water sampling service by UAV. DroneXperts currently has a UAV-based ambient air sampling and measurement system, DroneXpAIR (Link). This new system developed by INRS will add to the company's expertise in environmental monitoring using adapted technologies.


As part of this partnership project, the DroneXperts team will accompany the university team in the different phases of the project. It is contributing its technical and technological expertise as well as its teams of experienced pilots and its fleet of UAVs.


After a series of laboratory tests, flight tests were successfully performed on December 22 on Lake St-Charles, north of Quebec City.
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Dans le cadre de ce projet en partenariat, l’équipe de DroneXperts accompagne l’équipe universitaire dans les différentes phases du projet. Elle met à contribution son expertise technique et, technologique ainsi que ses équipes de pilotes chevronnés et sa flotte de drones.    Après une série de tests au laboratoire, des tests en vol ont été effectués avec succès le 22 Décembre sur le lac St-Charles, au nord de la ville de Québec

The team 

University team: INRS

  • Karem Chokmani: professor at the INRS Water Earth Environment Center and director of the Laboratory of Environmental Remote Sensing by UAV (TED).

  • Alec Gagnon and Frédéric Forest: Undergraduate Intern, Robotics Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke

  • Parham Nooralishahi, Graduate Intern, Electrical Engineering, Université Laval

  • William Goulet: Undergraduate Intern, Mechanical Engineering, Université Laval

  • Jimmy Poulin: Research Professional, Geomatics, INRS

Industrial partner: DroneXperts

  • Patrick Chatelle: Director Environment/R&D

Partnership start date: 2019

Funding:




With the UAV-based surface water sampling system, the applications are endless. We anticipate a real success for the commercialization of this airborne technology. 


  Jonathan Dupont Champagne  -  President & CEO, DroneXperts

INRS's Laboratory for Environmental Remote Sensing By Drone

INRS's Laboratory for Environmental Remote Sensing By Drone (TED) The mission of INRS's UAV Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory (TED) is to contribute to the improvement of knowledge in the use of data acquired by UAV for environmental issues. The exact mission of the UAV Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory is to design and develop innovative solutions for monitoring the state of the environment using UAV sensors and devices. Combining the advantages of remote sensing with the deployment flexibility offered by UAVs, the TED Laboratory occupies a previously untapped research and development niche. Composed of different types of UAVs and a wide range of sensors, this cutting-edge research infrastructure aims to develop innovative approaches and algorithms for monitoring the state of the environment using UAV-based sensors. 


The laboratory's projects range from precision agriculture (Detecting water stress using thermal infrared imaging; Nitrogen fertilization management using hyperspectral imaging) to the mining industry (Mapping surface minerals using hyperspectral imaging; Orthophotography and 3D modeling), as well as the study of aquatic ecosystems (Monitoring water quality in lakes; Locating salmon spawning nests).

About INRS

INRS is a university dedicated exclusively to graduate level research and training. Since its creation in 1969, INRS has played an active role in Quebec’s economic, social, and cultural development and is ranked first for research intensity in Quebec and in Canada. 


INRS is made up of four interdisciplinary research and training centres in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval, and Varennes, with expertise in strategic sectors: Eau Terre Environnement, Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Urbanisation Culture Société et Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie. The INRS community includes more than 1,500 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and staff.



L’INRS est un établissement universitaire dédié exclusivement à la recherche et à la formation aux cycles supérieurs. Depuis sa création en 1969, il contribue activement au développement économique, social et culturel du Québec. L’INRS est 1er au Québec et au Canada en intensité de recherche.

UAV-based surface water sampling system

Tests will be carried out at Lake Saint-Charles in December 2020, next tests during the summer.

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