Inspection Drone Surveys as part of a planned maintenance contract
Drone Inspections are an invaluable tool in the ongoing visual inspection work required for so many industrial and commercial sectors across the UK. Planned Maintenance, whether it be building maintenance, repairs or cleaning is a necessity for the ongoing, continuous productive lifespan of key assets in a business. This means that regular inspection work is required to ensure that bridges are structurally safe, roofing is intact after a storm and wind turbine blades are not damaged and can continue to generate optimum levels of electricity (as base examples).
Visual inspection and NDT testing are two vital cogs in the planned maintenance cycle for these assets and drone inspection is helping to change the way that businesses conduct visual inspection on their assets.
The advantages of drone surveys for planned maintenance inspection.
Drone surveys are the ideal solution for visual inspection work. The HD camera and 4K video, not to mention the thermal imaging cameras can capture incredible detail on key company assets that are head and shoulders better than what standard inspection teams can produce – not to mention that drone surveys can record footage from vantage points that are simply impossible by conventional methods.
Whether it is an aerial inspection of a wind turbine, a confined spaces inspection of a ventilation tunnel or an underwater inspection of a ship hull, drone surveys are quick to deploy, only require a one or two man inspection team and do not require human life to be put at danger.
Our drones are equipped with GPS systems so as part of planned maintenance inspection work, they can follow the exact same flight path time and time again. This means that you can get exact, overlapping images and video data of ‘points of interest’ allowing you to monitor, over several days, months or years, the developing issues such as cracks in a building structure or coastal wall, defects in a wind turbine blade and the up close condition of a flare stack.
And all of this can be done during live operations which means no production downtime, no roads that need to be closed or trains that need to be rerouted etc.
Drone Surveys have so many advantages over conventional inspection methods ranging from quality of inspection work, consistency, safety, speed of inspection and even cost. Rather than having to pay for expensive scaffolding to be erected or a team of professional divers, our drones can be piloted remotely by one man (two if needed for the likes of powerline inspection).
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From aerial drone surveys to ROV underwater inspection conducted in fresh water and salt water environments. Our fleet of aerial drones can provide outdoor external inspection as well as confined spaces inspection conducted in the darkest and most difficult to access confined spaces that are too dangerous for a conventional inspection team to enter.
We are fully accredited by ARPAS-UK, and our drone inspection pilots all have their commercial PFAW pilots licence, fully approved by the CAA. This allows us to conduct our drone surveys both in the air and underwater to the highest of standards while following strict rules and regulations governing drone flights in public spaces.
Switching to visual inspection using commercial drone surveys can save your business money whilst offering an improved inspection service that is also faster and more reliable. The benefits of using drones for inspection work are well known and as technology advances, our drones are able to fly further, for longer with even more detailed imagery, video and thermal imaging. We are happy to arrange visual demonstrations of our drones in action and can supply case studies relevant to your business sector when requested.