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We carry out Drone inspections, faithfully complying with current legislation. The previous and scheduled flight planning allows drones to follow a precise route that avoids unnecessary risks that entail, for example, taking images with helicopters, where the life of the pilot and camera is put at risk.
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Drone Inspections - What You Need to Know
Drone inspections, an opportunity for companies.
Carrying out inspection with drones, contrary to what may seem, is not an investment, but an economy. Since the regulation of Drones was launched in mid-2017, people and companies have begun to understand the real potential of these aircraft and the advantages of replacing conventional methods with fast flights and objectives of multirotor drones.
What are the advantages of conducting an inspection with Drones?
1 – Economy
Currently, to carry out inspections, companies basically need people and equipment such as scaffolding, ropes, helmets, safety nets, among others. Conducting inspections with drones will considerably decrease the need to use these resources, including freeing them up for maintenance activities themselves.
2 – Speed
Drones are equipment that can be ready for flight in a matter of minutes. This is a huge advantage if we take into account the time needed to assemble scaffolding, interdict a certain area for inspection to take place, climb the team, assemble abseiling equipment and finally carry out the inspection at human speed.
A conventional survey service for an offshore oil platform can take an average of 14 days to perform, on the other hand, carrying out inspection with drones, some companies announce that they can perform the service within 4 days.
3 – Availability
Industries such as steel, chemicals, electricity and oil and gas are clear examples where equipment and part of the production are required to be inspected for inspection.
A human could not approach a flame with a very high temperature to perform an inspection unless it was turned off and properly cooled.
The cost figures for carrying out this type of action end up being extremely high and even making inspection impossible in many cases, causing risk to people and production.
Carrying out inspection with drones in these cases would significantly increase the availability of the entire production infrastructure, generating a significant gain in production.
4 – Frequency
Due to the high cost and the technical infeasibility of carrying out conventional inspections, many companies choose to do only one inspection by sampling. In practice, this means not carrying out the inspection on various structures and depending on a series of external factors to guarantee the real safety and smooth functioning of the production infrastructure.
As drones have the power to carry out the inspection in less time, collect information from previously impossible locations and act at a relatively low cost, companies gain the opportunity to inspect the entire area required and also reduce the time between one inspection and another.
5 – Security
According to data from the Ministry of Social Security, in 2020 there were 985,405 occupational accidents in the UK and 2,096 of these died on the job.
This statistic is worrying for the government and companies, which struggle annually to reduce the number of accidents by providing training, awareness and investing in safety mechanisms.
Certainly, places that pose risks to people, offer opportunities for using drones. Conducting drone inspections of high, unhealthy locations or where there is a risk of electric shock, helps to reduce accidents at work and the liability claims that companies have to pay annually.
In this way, the job security areas of small, medium and large companies have become increasingly interested in the use of drones for inspections.
6 – Information
The inspection with Drones can provide a number of new data that will assist companies in making decisions.
These inspections are no longer based solely on aerial images, drones can still use thermal sensors, gas sensors, cameras with very high-quality zoom and even generate three-dimensional models to measure structures and even identify small cracks and anomalies invisible to the naked eye.
Currently, applications with artificial intelligence have also grown amid the solutions for inspection with drones. In this case, drones can automatically identify problems that previously their operators could not yet identify during the flight, or software can later process these images to point out the flaws and generate reports on the conditions of the inspected location.
Where can I apply for a drone inspection?
There are many opportunities for inspection with drones, such as:
- Inspection of facades of buildings, factories and condominiums;
- Inspection of roofs, chimneys, exhaust fans and ventilation pipes;
- Inspection of bridges, viaducts and walkways;
- Inspection of power towers, antennas, cell towers, radio and TV;
- Inspection of highways and railways;
- Inspection and monitoring of works;
- Inspection of wind farms and solar energy farms;
- Inspection of onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms.
In general, drones have an excellent acceptance in all situations of difficulty and risk for human action.
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What makes and models are mostly used for drone inspections?
The multi-engine models are the most used in inspections due to their ability to perform vertical flights and the ability to board and stabilize the most different sensors for a thorough analysis of the pilot and inspection team, even during the flight.
Among the multirotor, the DJI brand stands out and holds the largest market share when it comes to drone inspections.
We can mention models such as Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Enterprise, Matrice 210 and Matrice 600. These devices have excellent stability and have the capacity to ship thermal sensors, high definition RGB cameras and cameras with zoom.
A drone that was also widely used for inspections of oil platforms and power transmission networks, due to its robust platform and its water and fire resistance certifications is Falcon 8, from Aztec, a German company that was recently acquired by Intel.
The Phantom 4 Pro is loaded with some amazing technology that makes it a dream to fly. So for their latest Phantom model, rather than completely overhaul this fantastic drone, DJI decided to make a couple of small tweaks to P4 Pro and fittingly call it the Phantom 4 Pro V2. After all, if it’s not broken, why fix it? The main improvement is that it’s much quieter than its predecessor, as propeller noise has been reduced by around 60%. Plus it now utilises OccuSync technology for live-streaming video instead of Lightbridge, which benefits from low-latency, high-resolution video. It also connects to DJI Goggles RE wirelessly and supports automatic dual-frequency band switching.
The ultimate platform for aerial productivity combines a rugged design. Improvements to the M200 Series V2 enhance intelligent control systems, flight performance, and add flight safety and data security features. The TimeSync system continuously aligns the flight controller, camera, GPS module, RTK module for the M210 RTK V2, as well as payloads or onboard accessories. The position data is fixed to the centre of the CMOS for precise geotagging when using DJI payloads.
What is the current situation in the drone inspection market?
With the apparent recovery of the UK economy, companies have been looking for new technological solutions to meet their operational needs. The drone is an already stable technology, with the availability of products and mature shelf solutions that have been growing exponentially in several sectors of the economy.
According to UK data, the infrastructure sector is expected to be the fastest-growing in the coming years, followed by agriculture and security.
So the time to seek knowledge and invest in a solution to meet these growing demands is now.
How can Drone Videography help you with drone inspections?
If your company is looking for solutions for inspections using drones, in the most diverse environments and difficulties, we have an experienced team that will first seek to understand your need to later offer the best solution for drone technology and its sensors.
We are experienced in carrying out inspections in power transmission towers, substation modelling, inspection and monitoring of works, an inspection of facades and projects, an inspection of factory roofs, distribution centres, buildings and condominiums, among others.
If your need is to train your team, acquire your own drones and have your own operation, we offer all the knowledge and consultancy support necessary for your company.
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