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Guingot L.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique | Mauris F.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique | Poirer C.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique | Roche J.-P.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique
International Journal on Hydropower and Dams | Year: 2013

More often used in the military field, pilotless drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have extended their use to the civilian world, in particular in the civil engineering field. For example, they can be useful in replace human beings in remote or dangerous locations. Eledricite de France (EDF) has been launching several experiments for hydraulic works over the past few years, which are described in this article, in particular, the current and future use of pilotless drones. Like underwater robots (ROV, remote operating vehicles) now used for almost every dam survey, EDF aims at surveying dams or canals more and more often using UAVs.

Del Gatto L.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique | Mazingue P.,Center dIngenierie Hydraulique | Demay E.,Électricité de France
Houille Blanche | Year: 2010

The management of a hydraulic structure during a flood is an activity where there is a lot at stake, especially with regard to safety and legal implications. It is therefore essential that operators are well-prepared for this exceptional situation. The SIMBA program, the result of close collaboration between EDF's Hydraulic Engineering, R&D and the Professional Training Division, enables the operator to practise the application of flood safety procedures under realistic conditions and to deal with various flood scenarios. © 2010 Sociét́ Hydrotechnique de France.

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