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Precision Snow Removal Analysis

United States Patent Application

20180031736
A1
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A method for precision snow removal analysis provides a melt rate in inches per day for roadways in a geometric region is provided. Elevation data is used to calculate upward looking hemispherical viewsheds at each roadway coordinate to determine the total solar radiation. The snowmelt capacity and slope are determined at each coordinate and the data is displayed on a geographical map of the roadway. The processing speed of the computer is improved since the snowmelt capacity is only determined for a roadway subset of the region coordinates.
Omitaomu, Olufemi A. (Knoxville, TN), Bhaduri, Budhendra L. (Knoxville, TN)
15/ 459,036
March 15, 2017
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.