Combining unmanned aircraft systems and image processing for wastewater treatment plant asset inspection

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dc.contributor.author Martínez, Jorge Sancho
dc.contributor.author Bajón Fernández, Yadira
dc.contributor.author Leinster, Paul
dc.contributor.author Rivas Casado, Mónica
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-07T08:14:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-07T08:14:20Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-05
dc.identifier.citation Sancho Martinez J, Bajon Fernandez Y, Leinster P & Rivas Casado M (2020) Combining unmanned aircraft systems and image processing for wastewater treatment plant asset inspection. Remote Sensing, Volume 12, Issue 9, 2020, Article number 1461 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 2072-4292
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12091461
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/15438
dc.description.abstract Wastewater treatment plants are essential for preserving the water quality of freshwater and marine ecosystems. It is estimated that, in the UK, as much as 11 billion liters of wastewater are treated on a daily basis. Effective and efficient treatment of wastewater requires treatment plants to be maintained in good condition. Recent studies have highlighted the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and image processing to be used in autonomous and automated monitoring systems. However, the combined use of UASs and image processing for wastewater treatment plant inspections has not yet been tested. This paper presents a novel image processing-UAS framework for the identification of failures in trickling filters and activated sludge facilities. The results show that the proposed framework has an accuracy of 95% in the detection of failures in activated sludge assets, with the accuracy ranging between 55% and 81% for trickling filters. These results are promising and they highlight the potential use of the technology for the inspection of wastewater treatment plants en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher MDPI en_UK
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject site inspection en_UK
dc.subject wastewater treatment plants en_UK
dc.subject asset inspection en_UK
dc.subject UASs en_UK
dc.subject unmanned aircraft systems en_UK
dc.subject activated sludge en_UK
dc.subject trickling filters en_UK
dc.title Combining unmanned aircraft systems and image processing for wastewater treatment plant asset inspection en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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