Education

Loughborough University drone expert develops tech for climate change tracking

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A Loughborough University academic is developing drone technology to measure the size of small, underwater sediments in a bid to understand how rivers are responding to environmental drivers such as climate change. Physical geographer Dr Amy Woodget of the School of Social Sciences, is hoping her research using drone imagery and machine learning will allow sediments as small as 0.5cm to be measured accurately, providing valuable scientific data that will reveal how rivers are behaving. By studying patterns of sediment size, experts can understand changes that are occurring in rivers as a result of environmental factors. Dr Woodget says drones
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Drone tech meets soldering iron in University workshops

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CURPAS and Ersa have held two workshops titled ‘Drone meets Soldering Iron.’ The events were held at the University of Zielona Gora in Poland and at the Technical University in Chemnitz. The idea for the two workshops was first born during the CURPAS International Annual Conference in 2018 where Jörg Nolte, product manager soldering tools, rework and inspection systems, spoke to drone experts about solder joints for the first time. Dr. Christina Eisenberg, treasurer and network manager of the GRW network CURPAS, commented: “We discussed the topic of electronics in unmanned systems with Mr. Nolte right from the start. The
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Drones could provide answer to corrosion in oil pipes

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University research has found that drones could be useful for companies looking to avoid corrosion in oil pipes. The work forms part of the H2020 European Research and Innovation project Aeroarms, which is funded by the European Commission. In late May the multi-sensor localization and mapping techniques and new planning methods developed by the University of Seville will be experimented with at a refinery in northern Germany before more experiments are performed next June and July. The work is expected to produce results to generate several industrial products immediately after the project, including aerial manipulators for contact inspection and installation
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