Drone Asset Inspections
Drones have improved he ability of industries and individuals to efficiently inspect their assets for safety and optimum function. Many companies are using drones to inspect their assets such as buildings, power plants, wind turbines, power lines, solar panels, mobile and telecommunication towers, and other difficult and dangerous to access structures.
In the past, asset inspection required a lot of time, carried high risk and was very expensive. However, the use of drones has helped address these shortfalls. Consider an inspection of 50 wind turbines. In order to get accurate data, a company may need to send a number of employees over a period of time. They will all be placed in potentially high risk situations as well. Instead, the company could consider hiring a drone for a 7-10 minute assessment of each turbine, ensuring that quality assessment was carried out in matter of hours.
But are drones that valuable to asset inspection? Here are the benefits.
Reduced risk of harm
For complex, tall, and potentially dangerous structures, drones can reduce the risk to employees. Instead of sending out a team to physically access a hostile environment that may be subject to waves, wind, height, radiation or weather conditions, asset inspection can be carried out with a drone from a comfortable and safe location.
Better quality data
Human beings working in extreme conditions are bound to commit human error. For asset inspection, this can be misleading and potentially damaging to a brand. UAVs are equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras that will enable accurate data collection for an exact assessment. Drones can fly very close to structures, capturing even the most minute detail in high resolution 4K.
You can have a drone ready to carry out asset inspection within minutes. Even without planning, it will not take longer than the day of operation. Drones can complete inspections in 30 minutes, while collecting high quality images in the process. On the flip side, brands that need to send employees to inspection will need to engage in planning, resource allocation and actual inspection before they can collect and assess the results. The efficiency of drones makes them the ideal tool for this role.
In order to collect multiple types of data, you need to arm employees with the right equipment during an asset inspection. Aside from the impractical and inefficient nature of this type of inspection, it can also be expensive. Drones offer several features in one. With a well equipped drone, you can collect images, video, topographical layouts and thermal imaging to present a comprehensive assessment of your asset.
Zero systems down time
Many systems will need to be shut down before a manual inspection. Either your employees' lives may be endangered by running a system during inspection, or the information they collect will be extremely limited. Halting operations even for a few hours ca affect most brands' productivity. Unlike manual inspections, UAV powered system diagnostics can be carried out even on live systems. their inspection will no lead to a disruption of service, which can be instrumental for increased brand efficiency.