Drone technology aids levee district
The South Lafourche Levee District has expanded into the aviation sector. Well … sort of.
The district recently purchased a small drone, which will allow officials to check levee conditions without the necessity of jumping into an airplane or boat.
Levee District general manager Windell Curole says he got the idea after watching a feature on the technology on a national news program.
“We started shopping around and found one that we think meets our needs perfectly,” he said. “It’s all about getting your eyes up to see what’s going on with the levee system. We can check the tops of the pump stations and the outside base of the levee with a lot more ease now. This should prove to be very beneficial to the district.”
Indeed, this technology does allow one to get their “eyes up”.
The drone, which is hand controlled from a mid-sized control pad, can be steered up to 300 yards in height and in any direction for the same distance. It can produce both video and still photography footage and the individual controlling the drone can see what it sees through a small screen on the control pad.
“The only downside to this technology so far is that the battery only has a life of 20 minutes,” Curole says.
“However, if we begin our surveys in the proper place, one can cover a fair amount of area in that time.”
Video of the capability of the drone is now available on the South Lafourche Levee District website. Go to slld.org and click on the “marsh creation project” section. Here you will find footage captured by the drone behind Oakridge Park in Golden Meadow heading north to the town’s corporate limits.
The still picture on the left is a photo before the marsh creation project. The video on the right taken from the drone is after the project has been underway.
“This technology will really give us, and the public as well, a great perspective on how the levee system is working and where we need to concentrate our future efforts,” Curole said.
Posted on Tue, December 16, 2014
by Doug Cheramie II, Contributing Writer