MODULAR UAV DESIGN FOR SLOPE STABILITY MONITORING AND ANALYSIS IN GUATEMALA
The harsh slopes and loose volcanic soil of the mountainous regions in Guatemala City, Guatemala propagate landslide conditions, made worse by the lack of affordable land for housing development elsewhere. When relocation isn’t possible, the development of better preparation and evacuation protocols during an emergency can save countless lives. In the event of a land slide, this device can be easily deployed to assist in topographic evaluation during evacuation and rescue procedures. Topographical data of this region is outdated and inaccurate, thus a real-time small-scale aerial survey of the geotechnical features can provide the basis of a more comprehensive disaster mitigation system.
Our design will directly provide survey data for landslide-prone regions in Guatemala City, data which will create more robust topographical maps of the area. The UAV has innovative design aspects that allow for modular construction and impact resistant landing. The final goal is to integrate the survey methodology to unite local communities in a safer environment. A functional prototype quadcopter constructed from readily-available parts, capable of fully-autonomous flight, will carry out the surveying missions to assess the viability of this utilization of UAV technology.