Transmission & Distribution

Transmission & Distribution Drone Inspections

Many large-scale transmission and distribution utility companies have fully incorporated drones into their regular inspection processes. Drones are a cost-effective, practical, and safe method of collecting high-resolution data and will soon become the standard for transmission and distribution asset inspection.

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Amplify™ – L3Harris Utility Asset Inspection & Data Management Software

Utility companies universally face a common challenge in deciding how to collect, store, inspect, organize, manage, and catalog the statuses of assets with such a large volume of data being collected.

The solution is Amplify™, an L3Harris Geospatial platform designed specifically for this purpose. Amplify can process, analyze, and store data for easy access to actionable insights. Amplify’s solutions can also easily integrate with existing systems. Powered by Amplify, FlyGuys offers full turnkey solutions for any asset inspection and management need.

Working closely with L3Harris’ Geospatial division, we have defined and tested the most effective and efficient means of collecting the right amount of data. From the proper angles, elevations, and distances, to the most effective type of equipment to use in order to ensure peak performance of Amplify’s AI system. FlyGuys guarantees quality data, knowledgeable project management, professional crews, and safe cost-effective transmission and distribution inspections. This means faster collection times, fewer re-flies and site visits, and higher quality reporting of your asset statuses.

Implement a Drone Inspection Program

With extensive experience working with utility companies, FlyGuys understands the requirements to successfully implement a drone inspection program. We can conduct, manage, and advise on the best approach for safely conducting inspections and offer a variety of services customizable for specific needs and scopes.

How exactly should a utility company implement drones into their existing transmission and distribution inspection program?

At FlyGuys, we take the time to understand your company’s goals, culture, and requirements and advise you on the best approach. Whether you want to take it in-house or outsource to us, we’re here to help.

Do you have an internal drone inspection team that needs guidance on proper collection techniques?

We provide training and consulting services on proper capture methods. If you are in need of additional manpower, we can help staff your projects with professional drone pilots experienced working in the T&D sector.

Our pilots are highly experienced in UAV projects and have flown a variety of missions. They are FAA-certified and will work with you to capture the information tailored to your project’s requirements.

Are you looking to build an in-house inspection program?

We offer consulting and project management services using your internally employed pilots.

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Transmission And Distribution Drone Inspection

How We Inspect Power Lines for Utility Companies

From small scale POC’s to large scale multi-thousand asset inspections, our professional project managers work with many teams to meet deadlines in a safe and cost effective manner. Every FlyGuys project is unique and requires a lead project manager who is responsible for all team scheduling and logistics, ensuring completed and on-time inspections.

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We first work with partners to learn the project’s goals and scope.

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We then estimate and schedule out the project to meet the project timeline and cost requirements.

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We mobilize to the project, perform client specific safety training for all crew members.

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Finally, we begin collecting your data.

Types of Power Line Inspections

Inspecting Power Lines via Conventional Methods

Using ground-based manned crews and bucket trucks can be effective, but is an outdated and costly way to manage assets. It tends to be a slower method of collecting data and can become a challenge in hard-to-reach locations.

Helicopter-Based Power Line Inspections

Helicopter-based inspections gather good imagery, but usually from one angle. This doesn’t allow engineers or any AI system to discern degradations on all sides of the components and can also be costly to implement.

Drones

Utility companies are increasingly depending on drone inspection of their transmission and distribution lines because of their significant advantages over traditional means. With an affordable price point, added images from all angles, and higher resolution data, drones emerge as the clear winner for power line inspections.

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Benefits of Transmission & Distribution Drone Inspection

  • Easy to deploy
  • Saves time and money
  • Increased rate of repair percentage
  • Improved inspection and detection
  • Identifies RoW encroachment
  • Collects historical data for future referencing
  • Precise fault identification
  • Performs line sag measurements

Drone Inspections Improve Safety for Utility Companies

The highest priority and most important responsibility of any company is the safety of employees and the surrounding communities, and drone inspections completely eliminate fall hazards and manned aircraft risks.

Our drone pilots always operate at a safe distance from the asset. There are zero fall hazards and zero manned aircraft hazards.

Get Started on Your Utility Drone Inspection Program

FlyGuys prides itself on being one of the top drone service providers in the nation, and our primary focus is to provide reliable, safe, and cost-effective services with quality guaranteed.

To learn more about our services, contact us today at 1-888-376-6965 for a free consultation or quote or fill out the contact form below.

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