Streamlining the Inspection Process with Drones

Streamlining the Inspection Process with Drones

By Energy CIO Insights | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Inspections with drones are attracting different industries, as it is possible to do in a short period with low risk and less cost.

FREMONT, CA: Drone technology is rapidly growing in many industries will like agriculture, construction, insurance, mining and aggregates, public safety and first responders, oil & gas, survey engineering, telecommunications, and utilities. High costs and technical limitations can no more keep the uses of drones limited.

Nowadays, all the jobs – ranging from applications that are more straightforward that primarily require imaging to more complex tasks – everything a drone can perform. Inspection is the primary application of the drones for the industry. Following are the top five drones used for inspection: The Matrice Enterprise Drones, Lockheed Indago, Aeryon Skyranger, The DJI Inspire, and Intel/AscTec Falcon 8.

So how do the industry experts utilize the drone technology to streamline the inspection process? Here is how…

Transportation Infrastructure: 

According to a report, more than fifty thousand bridges in the U.S. are now structurally deficient, and others have been under maintenance for past years. With the help of drones, now the highway departments can keep an eye on infrastructure easily. Drones can do bridge, pavement, light-pole inspections, and can gather aerial views of highway construction progress. The railway sector is also using drones to collect survey data on busy existing railroad tracks with more accuracy. Drone delivers much better information than a human can get on its own. It can do the work by ensuring safety, and decrease life-threatening accidents. The drone collects regular, real-time imagery, which is used to monitor the stability and security of sites. Drone solutions are pocket-friendly and time-saving; these solutions are revolutionizing the industry.

Energy Infrastructure:

Around two-thirds companies of the energy sector are using drones for some purpose. Most of them have set up drone operations in-house. The energy sector uses drones for maintenance and inspection. The need for higher maintenance is growing day by day. For instance, aerial photography can pinpoint underline pipelines leaks and can produce thermal imagery of pipeline routes. There are many other works on the list for which energy sector use drones.

Renewable Energy Infrastructure:

Drones solutions are supporting the renewable energy industry. Drones are capable of mapping, spreading of pesticides, scouting crops from above and can access a farm’s health with a range of sensors and analytics programs. It can scan solar panels and can detect anomalies in a concise period.

Drones are transforming the inspection procedures and time of wind farms, which took human labors days to complete. Soon drones will start participating in wind turbine maintenance processes. On the other hand, these tools are leveraging a green and clean future by generating electricity.

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Water systems

UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) maps the area under irrigation by capturing large amounts of detailed mapping data. Drones make the process faster & accurate while having a near-real-time control over irrigation rotation. Such drones come with sensors to detect leakages in the area. Equipment maintenance, security, environmental monitoring, and documentation during dam replacements and construction management are other activities done by drones.

Air Quality

It is difficult to monitor the air quality, and air pollutants with conventional tools. Drones and UAVs are capable of evaluating the air quality and the presence of air pollutants in the air. Drones can reduce air pollution by spraying non-hazardous sprays into the air.

 It is estimated that over 170,000 drones will be sold in a year and round about 13 Billion USD will be spent for the drones technology. Drones can do several activities such as it can streamline agriculture management, can give media access to hard-to-reach places, contribute to safe infrastructure maintenance and management, and can save lives in disasters and many more. Despite selecting the traditional methods, companies are choosing drone technologies for aerial photography, surveying, deliveries, asset inspections, and more.

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