Inspection

Visual Asset Assessment

A company's large infrastructure assets are typically remote and difficult to survey. This makes the tried-and-tested method of manual maintenance inspection a costly, time-consuming and sometimes even dangerous process.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE!

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can access hard-to-reach places faster, cheaper and with less risk than manual inspections. Often allowing the asset to remain on line.

Drones are expected to become prominent in all use cases that meet the so-called 4D criteria: dull, dirty, distant, dangerous. This makes them a great fit in the field of asset inspection, mainly in the energy, telecom  and transportation sectors.

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Telecom Tower Inspection

Here are the primary reasons why a drone is a better choice than a person when it comes to surveying a tower:

-Safety. Of course! If a drone crashes, the resulting loss can be measured in dollars, not in life or livelihood. The less time a person is on a tower, the better.

-Speed. Not only is a drone a safer option, but it can also do the job much quicker than a person. You don’t have to think too hard to compare the speed of a drone in flight to that of a person climbing.

-Thoroughness. A drone can collect enough data in a few short flights to create a thorough 3D map of the tower being inspected. In addition, new software is being created by companies like Intel that can take a 3D map and identify changes from a prior 3D map, immediately revealing places where degradation may have happened since the previous inspection.

-Cost. Liability insurance is expensive, and so are the personnel costs associated with training someone to do a manual tower inspection, as well as the hours required to actually do the inspections. Since drones are faster and much less risky in terms of liability, they are more cost-effective.

-Identifying Hazards. Beehives and bird nests can be found in towers, and encountering hazards like these hundreds of feet in the air can be extremely dangerous, both for the person and for the animal. In some instances, the bird in question may be endangered, and disturbing its nest could negatively impact the likelihood of its survival. With a drone, these concerns are removed.

Industrial Asset Inspection

Industrial assets come in all shapes in sizes. Chimneys, boiler stacks, flare stacks, storage tanks/vessels are some of these assets. Here are the primary reasons why a drone is a better choice than a person when it comes to industrial asset inspections:

-Safety. If a drone crashes, the resulting loss can be measured in dollars, not in life or livelihood. Drastically reducing, and even eliminating, risk to personnel.

-Speed. A drone can be airborne very quickly. Data can be captured in a matter of hours, often minutes, reducing downtime.

-Thoroughness. A drone can collect enough data in a few short flights to create a thorough 3D map of the of the asset being inspected. In addition, new software is being created by companies like Intel that can take a 3D map and identify changes from a prior 3D map, immediately revealing places where degradation may have happened since the previous inspection.

-Costs. Typically, assets like ones listed above, are tall structures requiring the construction of scaffolding to allow inspectors to gain access to target ares. Not only is this a substantial cost, but often results in the asset having to be shut down to complete the assessment, resulting in lost revenue.

-Repeatability. Flight plans can be stored for future flights to ensure your virtually identical datasets are produced.

 

-Records. This data can be stored as a record of the inspection and can be reviewed at anytime.

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