To maintain the high demand of a connected world, cell phone towers need to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure continued operation. Commercial drones are now being used as a cost efficient and safe method for conducting inspections. Using a high-resolution camera, a drone can detect structural defects, wiring issues, corrosion, storm damage and orientation problems. The data and images can be instantly processed, securely shared to determine maintenance requirements and saved for future comparisons.
Wind farms are becoming an increasingly important source of intermittent renewable energy and are used by many countries as part of a strategy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. Inspection of the aerodynamic blades and the generator is critical to ensure a continuous operation. Drones can safely and efficiently inspect all components of a windmill and the surrounding land. The high-resolution images can instantly identify problems that might require further inspections by a field technician.
Commercial drones offer a safe and efficient method of collecting high- resolution images for underwriting, property claims and loss prevention. Eliminate the potential hazard of inspectors climbing on roofs and save the time they spend out in the field. Drone images can generate a complete and detailed photo record, which can be utilized for: highly accurate property and roof measurements, property evaluation, damage claims and terrain modeling to identify potential flood hazards.
Inspection of bridges is vital to keep commerce flowing. Today’s methods involve ropes and climbing gear to get up close to make proper inspections. Sometime traffic needs to be diverted causing delays. With a commercial drone, high-resolution images can be taken without interrupting traffic. The detailed images can be shared with engineers and inspectors to determine areas that might need further examination.
Inspection of railroads using conventional methods can be time consuming and dangerous. With commercial drones, it’s no longer necessary to wait for open time on the tracks. A drone can safely fly over any part of the tracks and take high-resolution images that can be analyzed by field experts for potential problems. Images can identify debris on or near the tracks, wood tie decay and track alignment issues. Drone images can also save time and money to have inspectors only examine areas of concern.
Construction sites often need progress photos to show clients, investors, engineers and architects. The images are processed using Pix4D software and offer secure cloud storage and sharing with clients. Capture high quality aerial data to compute stockpile volumes and allow immediate pre-site analysis and monitoring of construction site. Drone data can help avoid delays and keep the project on budget.
Since the early 1970’s various cities throughout the United States have enacted façade inspection ordinances to avoid property damage and personal injury to pedestrians. The conventional method was to use a high powered telephoto lens and walk around the building taking as many pictures as possible looking up towards the structure. With commercial drone imaging, it is now possible to get much closer to the building and see much higher quality images than ever before. In addition, drone photos can see problems that street level cameras miss due to angle of the photograph. These photos can then be securely shared with the engineers and architects who can decide if further investigation is necessary.