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In this feasibility study we aim to develop a proof of concept for a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) capable drone that will automatically inspect dam structures, maintaining a constant distance with the dam wall and creating a map of the internal structure for fault detection and analysis. The objectives of this project are:

  • To develop a lightweight drone with Autonomous Devices thrust vectoring technology, that will allow the system to approach and fly near to surfaces and to orientate the system to scan surfaces regardless of their orientation
  • To modify the GPR system and antenna for use on a drone, optimising the scanning capability of the system.
  • To develop a mapping algorithm for automatic flight and full scanning coverage of a dam structure, the use of a combination of SLAM, real time local sensing, LIDAR and GPS.
  • To develop a communication system to wirelessly transfer the data from the drone to the operator's system and to generate a map of the scanned structure for inspection.