We talk a lot about thermal imaging used for aerial surveys. But what are the real benefits of using thermal imaging as part of an aerial inspection services?

Thermography (aka thermal imaging) is the process of visualising the heat energy emitted from animals or in our case – machinery and structures.

Analysing temperature can be used to give an indication of machine and structure condition. Abnormal temperatures often indicate a potential problem that needs to be inspected further.

With thermal imaging, different temperatures are indicated as different colour. Thermal cameras allow temperature comparisons to be made over large areas and can enable us to spot potential trouble spots quickly. This quick identification process can save businesses considerably as issues that are spotted and repaired quickly are generally more cost effective than when the problem has been left unattended.

What are the benefits of thermal imaging?

Uncovering hidden issues – Thermal Imaging can indicate potential problems and potential defects within the heat spread of (for example) a building. Air leaks, water ingress points and heat loss areas on roofing can be highlighted easily with thermal imaging.

Almost no downtime – Thermal Imaging Drone Inspection work can be carried out while a building/bridge/factory is still running.

Difficult Access Environment – Thermal Imaging can work in low-light and low-visibility environments. Making it perfect for confined spaces and indoor difficult access locations.

Non Invasive – Thermal imaging inspection using aerial drones can provide a non-invasive, non-contact inspection that covers areas in great detail quickly as part of a scheduled maintenance programme.

Safer – Easier, faster and safer method of early problem/structure condition detection

Data comparison – Multiple thermal imaging inspections can be overlaid and compared to highlight any developing issues over time and during ‘at use’ running conditions.

Cost Savings – Early detection will generally result in smaller repair and maintenance bills.

Health & Safety – Reduces the risk of occupational health & safety in the workplace – The non invasive thermal imaging drone inspections means that an inspection team do not have to work ‘at height’ to conduct a survey and early detection of problems can limit the chances of structure collapse and work accidents.

Risk Compliance – Aerial Thermographic Surveys can help to meet regulatory compliance with Health and Safety Legislation in the UK. This can also be of benefit for insurance specified risk assessment and prevention criteria.