Drones used in NSW flood recovery

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The NSW Government is employing drones to assess the damage to roads and infrastructure from last month’s devastating floods.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister John Barilaro, said the data gathered by the drones would be used to assist in repairing infrastructure.

“Our drones have allowed us to get a flying start on understanding exactly what damage has been done so our engineers can work out what is required to fix it,” Barilano said.

“The sky really is the limit for how useful this technology can be in helping us find temporary solutions to re-open disaster affected roads and designing the permanent solutions needed to rebuild.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the employment of drones will offer a unique view on assessing road and infrastructure throughout NSW.

“Access is still dangerous and difficult in many areas where we’ve seen these landslides, but drones have meant we can determine the full extent of damage that can’t be seen from the road,” Toole said.

NSW Transport started using drone technology in 2019 and has expanded its use to several disaster events, such as the 2020 Blue Mountain bushfires.

Drones are also being used by NSW Transport, in routine maintenance as well as planning for infrastructure projects.

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