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Seawall Change Detection and Monitoring

Critical Infrastructure Monitoring

Customer: Government of Japan

Protect Japan’s $12B investment to fortify the coastline

The 2011 tsunami that pummeled the northeast coast of Japan caused the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, destroying numerous villages and killing nearly 18,000 people. Since then, the Japanese government has invested $12 Billion to build 245 miles of seawalls to protect the coastline, residents, and tourists from future tsunamis. These seawalls span 40% of Japan’s 22,000-mile coast and must be serviced and maintained to ensure the integrity of this critical infrastructure.

The Swift Solution:
Swift Tactical Systems is providing survey-level structural analysis, mapping, and 3D modeling, while analyzing the sea walls for any movement, breaks, or damage. The Swift team is utilizing a fleet of proprietary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) including the Swift020 and Swift021 transitional vertical take off-land (VTOL). This approach allows pilots and structural engineers to gather extremely accurate measurements and data using orthophotography and lidar.


Impacting Future Decisions:
Once Swift completes its extensive aerial analysis, the team will provide Japan’s government officials with actionable information to support informed decisions regarding preventative maintenance. Since this critical infrastructure is nearly ten years old, the government of Japan is taking this initiative very seriously to ensure the safety of its citizens.

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