To prevent faults, service interruptions, significant accidents and damage, assets must be regularly inspected to detect any issues as early as possible. This becomes increasingly vital as infrastructure ages. Inspecting assets manually is a time-consuming, labour-intensive process that commands a significant percentage of an organisations operating costs each year. In many cases, manual inspection of assets can be dangerous. Manual utility and asset inspection often involves working at heights, near high voltage, biological hazards and large bodies of water.
Employing a drone to inspect these assets means that staff can remain at a safe distance and height, reducing the likelihood of injury. Developments in Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have streamlined and enhanced the asset inspection process. Through the use of UAV’s we can simplify your inspection process, reduce the risks to staff, decrease inspection costs and complete the inspection quicker and to a higher standard than what was previously possible.
Safely working at heights while minimising shutdown time and the risks to staff while at the same time keeping costs down has always been a challenge for any business. Using drones for asset inspection provides a number of substantial improvements over traditional inspection methods that you may have used in the past, such as employing rope access technicians. These benefits include improvements safety, efficiency and data quality.
The use of Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) to conduct asset inspections is already extensive and includes locations such as:
- Pipeline inspections
- Dam wall monitoring
- Lighting pole inspections
- Power line and tower inspection
- Extreme weather insurance assessment
- Mobile phone tower inspection
- Cooling towers
- Bridges (from above and below)
- Chemical plants and refineries
- Industrial roof inspections
- Off shore activities (oil & gas platforms and pipelines)
- Mining infrastructure
- Wind turbines
- Weather & communication towers
Inspections are not limited to a specific location or asset such as a communications tower. We are able to conduct inspections of assets such as pipelines and provide you with a geo referenced orthophotograph, which allows you to view the entire location in a single image but still be able to zoom in and examine fine details.
A live video stream is also available in real time and can be displayed on a separate monitor or screen. Your staff and engineers can view and direct the inspection in real time, allowing specific points of interest to be photographed and filmed. We then provide the recorded images and footage to you at the conclusion of the flight. This data allows you to increase your compliance with record keeping and inspection records by providing a detailed snapshot of your asset at a particular point in time. They also makes a great addition when you create reports for your own clients as you can provide them with an extensive range of higher quality visual data than ever before.
Using our state of the art software, we are able to fly the exact same course at multiple times, even if it is days, weeks or even months apart. This can allow you to perform progress monitoring of projects or observe changes over time from the same perspective.
All our pilots are equipped with hard hats, steel capped boots, long sleeved hi-vis shirts, high-vis vests and have their OHS construction induction white card to allow them to enter worksites and operate safely and within your company’s site requirements.
We can also provide pilots and staff who hold a variety of relevant national qualifications, such as working safely at heights, confined space, breathing apparatus, gas monitoring and hazardous materials. Please see our Qualifications & Licensing page for a list of the national competencies our staff hold.
Due to our vertical take-off and landing abilities, we require very little space to conduct our operations. Combined with the fact that Remote Piloted Aircraft or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle asset inspections are safe and non-invasive, it is no wonder in industries where safety, time and precision are paramount that companies are seeing drones as a cost effective alternative to dangerous manned inspections.