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