One of the most impressive fortifications on Earth today is the Great Wall of China. This massive fortification is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials. This great wall has been around for a very long time, and as such, it’s a tourist hotspot.
In a bid to keep the Great Wall of China in prime shape for all eyes from around the world, the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) has partnered with Intel. The plan is to use Intel’s Falcon™ 8+ drone to restore sections of the wall.
You see, the CFCHC doesn’t want to use traditional preservation methods because they are too costly and dangerous.
The segment that requires repair is called the Jiankou section, and it stretches for up to 12-miles. We understand that it’s decaying rapidly, and up until now, it has never been restored in any shape or form.
“Using drones, we are able to inspect multiple aspects of the structure including areas that are quite inaccessible. We continue to be excited about the future of inspections being automated all the way from drone data capture to data processing, analysis and insights. We look forward to leveraging our technology to aid in the preservation of more world heritage sites in the future,” says Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel’s drone team.
What will Intel do to help?
The plan is to use the Falcon 8+ drones to capture photography from an aerial level to gain high-definition 3D images of the wall. With this data, the team can then get an idea of the damages and how much work is needed to set things right.
Intel will then use its Artificial Intelligence data capture to create a visual representation of the Jiankou section. Doing this should make for a more easier repair of the Great Wall of China in the coming months.
“As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall has been exposed to weather erosion for thousands of years,” says Li Xiaojie, China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation chairman. “Some parts are on steep inclines, which pose a great challenge for daily maintenance. Our partnership with Intel has opened new avenues for preservation.”
There’s no information as of right now as to when the preservation work will be completed. However, what’s more important here, is the fact that work is underway, and technology is playing a huge role.