Drones Find Sweet Spot in Environmental Engineering

Engineering News-Record | February 13, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and international organizations from the U.S., England and the Netherlands released on Jan. 19 a 261-page book entitled Engineering with Nature-An Atlas. Available either as a hard copy or free download, the atlas showcases 56 projects around the world that apply the principles of an initiative to support engineering with nature, rather than against it, to protect the environment, infrastructure, and quality of life.
The EWN movement seeks to leverage natural forces and risk-buffering natural features, such as wetlands and water-courses, to enhance sustainable, resilient, multipurpose infrastructure systems. The initiative includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations and communication activities with an emphasis on embracing innovation.

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For the purpose of this report, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), often referred to as robotics or robots, is defined as the automation of rules-based processes with software that utilizes the user interface and which can run on any software, including web-based applications, ERP systems, and mainframe systems. Cognitive automation is the use of cognitive or artificial intelligence technologies such as natural language.

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For the purpose of this report, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), often referred to as robotics or robots, is defined as the automation of rules-based processes with software that utilizes the user interface and which can run on any software, including web-based applications, ERP systems, and mainframe systems. Cognitive automation is the use of cognitive or artificial intelligence technologies such as natural language.

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