Optimal Path Planning for Drone Inspections of Linear Infrastructures

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Autonomous Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights represent a huge opportunity in the drone industrydue to their ability to monitor larger areas. Autonomous navigation and path planning are essential capabilities for BVLOS flights. In this paper, we introduce the routing component of a path planning system forinspecting linear infrastructures. We explore both a direct algorithm and a transformation algorithm. Thedirect algorithm is an extension of A* to allow limited routing through air as well as the use of non-logicintersections. The transformation algorithm pre-computes a graph that include edges for routing through airand nodes for non-logic intersections. We implemented both algorithms for routing along a particular type oflinear infrastructure, power lines, and validated them through an empirical evaluation at three different scales:the Danish power grid, the French power grid, and the entire European power grid. The test results show thatthe transformation algorithm allows for sub-second routing performance for a small-to-medium sized powergrid. Larger power grids can be routed in less than five seconds, and even an optimal route of more than sixthousand kilometers along linear infrastructures from Portugal to Sweden via Russia is found in less than halfa minute. All algorithms have been implemented and are available as an open-source Python package forLinear-infrastructure Mission Control (LiMiC).
Publikationsdato9. maj 2020
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 9. maj 2020
Begivenhed6th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems, Applications and Management -
Varighed: 7. maj 20209. maj 2020


Konference6th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems, Applications and Management


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