Technical inspections of different industrial and construction infrastructure – railways, highways, high buildings, power lines, chimneys, wind farms, and even agricultural inspections and measurements of crops condition, which so far were extremely costly and time-consuming occupation. These kind of tasks were connected with hiring significant amount of personnel, transporting them to exact place, renting a helicopter and necessity of exposing the crew to danger while processing inspection of inaccessible places. Together with popularisation of drones, that situation developed in favour of the companies which are obliged to control the technical state of certain buildings periodically.
Let’s begin with costs which – thanks to drone usage for aerial inspection – considerably declined by the traditional methods. Firstly, there is no need to rent a plane or helicopter together with the crew, and it’s probably the biggest cost for a company. The cost of hiring drone operators and the drone itself is much lower. The time spent on performing the whole operation also reduces, and it also means savings. The start of drone is possible from almost every place so we can begin the service of inspection really quickly, without the necessity of waiting for the arrival of helicopter. Some of traditional inspections require assembling scaffoldings while processing inspections of high buildings – in the case of drone this is pointless.
Safety on the first place
Arrival of helicopter with the crew (pilot and inspection specialist) may create a huge danger for the crew when there is a necessity of approaching to inaccessible buildings standing in heavily built-up areas or in indirect neighbourhood of high targets. This danger can be totally eliminated by using drones, which with an accuracy of centimetres and using GPS system can suspend in the air kept in one position. And thanks to its dimension gets everywhere, where large flying vehicles can’t approach even for some metres.
Currently, possibilities to equipped drone are not different from those to equipped helicopter or hand-held inspection devices. Our drone is equipped with camera with a UltraHD 4K resolution and it allows us to record a video with possibly the best definition. Additionally, depending on the needs it may be equipped with thermal camera, which soaring is not a problem. What is more, the records may be transmitted in a real time to any receiving device, as a result, the inspector standing in a safe place on the ground may during the flight assess the state of recording target.
Scope of our vehicle is 2 kilometres in a straight lines o it is not a problem to inspect infrastructures extended on vast areas (e.g. railway lines, highways, power lines).
Additional benefits from using a drone
Saving time and money connected with realisation, improvement of security and possibility of inspection inaccessible places are main benefits from using a drone to technical, constructional and industrial inspections. All that additionally implies the fact that a company can afford such services more often, and what id more get the chance to improve functioning of its infrastructure and as a whole improve reliability (following the idea: frequent examination helps find out failures and eliminate them before they cause serious problems)