Kite Aerial Photography

Kite Aerial Photography


Good afternoon, my name is Monica Louie and this is Yuri Estrada. I am a member of Engineers Without Borders, a New York professional chapter. We are a humanitarian non-profit organization. A group of engineers travelled to Cambodia to help in the design and construction of a water dam for irrigation. However there was very little site information, there were no maps available to us. So we developed a Kite Aerial Photography, also known as KAP, to take pictures of the area around us. The project has since been completed and is now serving over 9,000 residents. So the point of the KAP was to gain an overall picture of the project. So when we were starting out in the design of the actual building of the project we needed site information. We needed photographs of just how large this breach was that we had to restore, the size and magnitude of this project. So we looked into helicopters, but the cost was just too expensive, especially since we’re a non-profit organization. So we strung up a rig with the digital camera, and strung it to a kite and took a bunch of photos. We pieced all of those photos together, and now we have an overall display of the project site. So the KAP is very cost affordable and it is especially useful in developing communities. So by restoring this earthen embankment and building this water gate, its able to store water during their dry season. Cambodia undergoes a wet and dry season, so during the dry seasons, you can’t grow any crops. So by having now this reservoir, they’re able to grow crops during both the wet and dry season and basically double their agricultural output. Thank you. (applause)

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