Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery

Intel and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University highlight cutting-edge drone technology helping to preserve the safety of human lives.

Intel, in partnership with the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University demonstrate how the power of drone technology can assist in disaster recovery response. The data captured by the Intel® ...Falcon™ 8+ drone was a key input into the decision to reopen a major commuter route into Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ allowed access to hard to reach areas while preserving the safety of human lives.

The Challenge

In September, Hurricane Harvey pummeled Houston, TX with 130mph winds and about 50 inches of rain. This natural disaster lead to the destruction of 40,000 homes, and forced more than 30,000 people into shelters. The hurricane also damaged key infrastructure, such as bridges. The Judge Jodie Stavinoha Bridge in Fort Bend County had been closed due to flooding. It is a major thoroughfare into Houston and officials were concerned about erosion around a pier due to the rushing waters. Because the river was flowing so fast, it was impossible to use a boat to inspect the damage. There was also a joint where the high rising waters had blasted through. The county officials needed to find a solution to inspect the bridge to determine if it was safe to be re-opened to commuters.

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