Drone Inspection Services
In industries where regular equipment, structure, and site inspections are necessary for safety and regulatory compliance but accessibility and safety are concerns, drone inspections are an excellent alternative. With our team of experienced, licensed pilots, we can provide you with drone inspections that improve the safety of your worksite without sacrificing the attention to detail needed to keep equipment and structures properly maintained.
Using Drones for Industry Inspections
Visual inspections are necessary across almost all industries, from industrial HVAC equipment to the tops of cell phone towers. Having an experienced, qualified inspector with an eye for detail and the knowledge to spot potential problems is essential to keeping everything in proper working order. It also helps to prevent accidents and disasters resulting from damaged or aging equipment.
Inspections are often needed for dangerous or difficult to reach places, such as inside boilers or underneath and at the tops of bridges, requiring special safety equipment and a team on hand in the event of an accident. Instead of dealing with the challenges of a manned inspection, we can send a drone to get clear 360-degree assessments remotely, then zero-in for granular inspections where indicated (for example, around the outside of a support beam or cement pour to check for movement, cracks, or other problems). An inspector can then review the collected data in comprehensive detail.
Why Choose Drone Inspections for Your Project
When considering a method of site inspection, there are a number of benefits of drone inspections to consider.
The leading reason is safety. Often, inspectors must climb hundreds of feet in the air where a fall could be fatal or face hazardous conditions in compact spaces in order to do a step-by-step visual inspection. A drone reduces this risk by accessing difficult locations remotely and checks the integrity of the structure itself. If repairs or physical maintenance is needed, inspectors can determine if it’s safe to climb or if additional equipment is needed.
In addition to the outgoing costs of labor and equipment for safety, scaffolding, and insurance, consider the costs of downtime that come from having to shut down certain equipment before an inspection. Using a drone allows the inspection to be completed more quickly, minimizing downtime and the ensuing costs.
Drone footage highlights changes in a structure or piece of equipment over time. For example, if there’s a concern (such as a crack in cement) that doesn’t need immediate repair but does call for continued monitoring, previous and current data can be compared to determine if the crack has grown or changed over time. This can also minimize liability in the event of an accident or issue with a previously inspected piece of equipment or item.
Beyond Visual Inspections
Not everything can be inspected visually. Thermal, multi-spectral and topographical views from drone imaging support a variety of advanced inspection tasks. Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras can detect differences in temperature which may indicate surface degradation, cracks, or other flaws.
Faster Project Lifecycle
When used for inspections, drones are a powerful tool in a civil construction professional’s toolbox. Drone usage in industrial inspection saves money, protects workers, and helps speed projects to a safe completion.
Industries Using Aerial Inspections
Many industries with hard-to-reach inspection sites are increasingly turning to drones to complete them. We see drone inspections them primarily in the following industries:
- Agriculture – to monitor health of crops and livestock and to look for concerns in land conditions.
- Chemical industries – to ensure storage containers, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, and other assets are in good repair.
- Infrastructure – to determine the structural integrity of bridges, water towers, and other structures.
- Utilities and power companies
- Mining – to determine structural integrity of the underground space after large veins of ore have been extracted.