10 Reasons to let drones perform your inspections
1. Reduce dangerous working at height situations
2. Save time
3. Reliable data
4. Reduce costs
5. Can reach inaccessible places
6. Faster (Quick deployment)
7. Ability to inspect Hazardous areas
8. Reduce or limit downtime
9. Consistent and repeatable
10. Reduced manpower (often only a two man drone inspection team)
There are various things drones can be used for, and inspections are no exception. The camera that comes with or can be mounted to the drone/SUSA is great and can provide inspectors with the information they require. Full ultra high resolution video or photographs can be captured recorded and reported just as a normal inspection. If you have any asset that requires visual inspections to help monitor the integrity why not use futurephoto to help you. Many industries including the Renewable and Oil & Gas sectors asset monitoring and integrity is hugely important for many operators and helps to maintain the health & safety of its employees, as its number one priority: e.g. for tasks where persons would have been put at risk working at height the potentials of serious injury is eliminated also the potential of any defective equipment at height can be ididified and removed before becoming a dropped object.
Drone inspections are often more efficient and can limit downtime e.g. Inspections on equipment such as power lines can be carried out without shutting down the line. Usinga drone fitted with RTK can reduce interference and allow them to fly closer to the line/pole where electromagnetic interference EMF is greater. Thermal imaging can be used to record and monitor connections of powerlines to ensure they are not degrading over time.
As mentioned previously drone inspections are required in various industries and with scotland braking records by harnessing wind power through the use of wind turbines a great source of natural energy it is very important these are kept functioning limiting any downturn possibility’s. Having a strict proactive maintenance program is vital and carrying out this program safely and efficiently is key. Turbines can be as small as bolted to your house producing1-2kw or larger mounted to a pole producing 5-6kW. Then you have the large ones located in fields or even whole wind farms. What comes with the large structures is a danger of dropped objects or increased risk due to people working at height to carry out routine inspections and maintenance. Falls from height are one of the biggest work place killers, so reducing the need to put someone in these situations can be life saving, this is where drones SUSA can play a vital role. E.g. Renewableuk.com state there is 7165 wind turbines operational with 1584 projects ongoing, there are also 1935 offshore wind turbines so if each one was to be inspected every year that’s a lot of risk and time so the use of drones can help save time, money and help reduce manhours working at height.
With the increased demand for faster mobile networks 5G and more coverage for comes the need for increased mobile masts this in turn comes with more need for inspections and manhours working at height.
The data gathered is great and can be presented in many ways, but with the right inspection software, correct reports can be generated to help repeatability of inspections carried out over many years and the life of the asset.