Technical installations and buildings, e.g. bridges or embankment dams are subject to strict inspection and safety regulations, which is why they require regular inspections. Data acquisition for these inspections are often associated with great time and financial expenditures.
Dynamic UAV drones clearly save time and money. Within a short amount of time they allow more data to be obtained with equivalent or better data quality than before. Otherwise hard to access areas can easily and quickly be accessed with the drone. During inspections required to be performed regularly the GPS control facilitates fully automated approach of specified check points. Collision protection and active camera stabilization complete the inspection system.
High-resolution sensor systems for crack detection in the sub-millimetre range allow for minimal abnormalities to be detected and safely assessed by surveyors. We have the right special sensor technology for any situation and also automated post-editing.
Benefit from our advanced knowledge in flight-assisted inspection technology.
Cell phone towers need to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis so minor issues do not escalate into major and expensive repairs. Safety and access are of the utmost concern in the process. Using small, easily maneuverable UAVs which can see virtually any angle of the infrastructure can be a cost effective, quick, efficient and safe means of assessing the condition and orientation of all components of the tower. Transmitting live, high resolution photography which management can see on the ground or from the desktop, any urgent decision making regarding follow up maintenance or repair procedures can be taken without delay. Data can be stored and compared with each inspection, allowing for maintenance scheduling and budgeting.
The Indago Advantage – Electrical Grid and Power Line Inspections.
- Quick and effective power line inspections eliminate cost and time of typical ground-based line crew or helicopter inspections
- Enhanced high-resolution inspection from top-down and bottom-up visuals, providing thorough inspection of grid components: conductor, vibration dampeners, insulators, and bolts and nuts
- Simultaneous inspection while line is in use, allowing for regular transmission operations
- Enhanced safety and efficiency without endangering crews through physical inspections of live power lines viewed from vehicles or helicopters
- Significant cost reduction with Indago inspection missions, compared day-rates for a helicopter
- Availability of frequent, thorough inspections allowing for uninterrupted transmission time
Specific sectors have specific needs. The safety-conscious, cost sensitive Power and Utility industry has reaped significant benefit from using our professional skills in deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). We can inspect your assets live so you can focus your maintenance teams on repairing identified problems rather than using up valuable circuit outage time for fault finding. We have worked with some of the largest utility companies, helping them to improve their maintenance regimes, reducing costs and improving safety.
Step improvement in health and safety
- Reduction or elimination of working at height
- Minimises exposure to live circuits
- Minimises site visits
Dramatic reduction in costs
- Faster inspection time compared to traditional methods
- Fewer setup costs
- Live inspection avoids the opportunity cost of shutting down
- Pre-maintenance inspection ensures optimal resource allocation
Systematic, consistent and unbiased reporting
- Defect standard agreed in advance with the Client
- Rigorous inspection process, including governance
- Evidence behind each classification
The Indago II is a safer, more cost efficient, less disruptive method of bridge inspection.
- Excellent tool for inspections of larger bridges and also smaller spans
- Effective for bridge inspectors to view and assess bridge element conditions in accordance with the National
- Bridge Inspection Standard
- Defects can be identified and viewed both real time and recorded for later analysis
- Measurements can be taken and stored while airborne
- The Indago II sense and avoid system can be setup to fly within feet of a structure without fear of collision
- The Indago II can provide both upward and forward facing obstacle avoidance with additional upward facing camera
- In some cases, under-bridge inspection vehicle would not be required and would provide significant savings
- Traffic control and congestion due to on bridge vehicles may be eliminated or drastically reduced.
- The Indago II can be equipped with thermal or other sensors to collect images of bridge decks and elements. While on site, the Indago platform can also be used to survey stream or river bank conditions as well as capture large overall aerial maps of dynamic bank erosion and lateral scour conditions
- Important pre-inspection information for planning large-scale inspections such as clearances, rope access anchor points and general conditions can be obtained as an aid in the planning of a manual inspection
Using Dynamic UAV’s drones provide a step improvement in safety by reducing trackside working and results in a significant reduction in costs, with no requirement for a possession or spotters. Dynamic UAV’s drones can undertake inspections in daylight hours and work around train schedules.
Commercial building management is best done proactively. Inspecting your building envelope for wear and damage at least once a year is not optional if you want to catch water infiltration and deterioration issues before they have a chance to escalate into dangerous conditions and costly damage.
Exterior building inspection itself can be risky and expensive. Traditional methods require a qualified professional to inspect the building in person. This can involve climbing up onto the roof and other parts of the structure with the aid of a climbing harness and/or scaffolding. Needless to say, the work is time-consuming and dangerous.
Until recently, property managers had the choice of risking life and limb to do the job or paying to hire a professional inspector. Now, there is a third option: drones.
Why use drones for building inspections?
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are essentially flying robots. They are probably best known for military applications but they have become increasingly used for commercial purposes—building inspection is one new use.
Drones can significantly reduce the time and expense of commercial building inspections when compared to conventional methods. Using a drone such as Indago II, a trained person can easily fly a small, camera-equipped drone over a building to capture imagery. The footage is then used to make a high-resolution map or 3-D model of the building for inspection.
There are many pros to this approach—cost is one. Depending on equipment and location, rates to hire a drone pilot range from $100 to $450 per hour. Typically, you would pay the drone pilot less than it would cost you to insure the person who would have been hanging off the side of your large commercial building.
The drone can also be deployed very quickly and capture the necessary footage in hard-to-reach places much faster than a human could. A typical drone flight can be completed in 5 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the building.
In addition to maintenance inspections, drone-generated video footage can also be a very useful marketing tool.