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HOW DRONES ARE USED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY & UTILITIES

PROBLEMS DRONES SOLVE FOR ENERGY AND TELECOM

  • Improve Real Time Monitoring

  • Improve Workflow Efficiency

  • Enable Faster Asset Tracking

  • Faster Communication of Progress

  • Quicker Conflict Identification

  • Identify Hazards and Enhance Safety for those responsible for climbing and completing repairs

  • Mitigate Jobs

  • Identify Good and Bad Trends


CELLULAR TOWER INSPECTIONS



Utilities, Telecommunications, and Energy inspections have become much more complex. The telecommunications industry is one of the first industries to benefit from the use of Drones. Climbing communication towers and other high structures is one of the most dangerous jobs, and telecommunication asset owners can avoid these risks by using drones for these inspections. Commercial drones are changing the way operators are auditing and inspecting wireless infrastructure, by enabling a safer collection of high-resolution images, video, and 3-D renderings of tower assets. The deployment of aerial intelligence using Drones now allows the industry to greatly improve operational efficiencies by having reliable and accurate aerial data of th


eir assets. Drones also reduce the need for workers to climb towers, high tension arrays, and service poles to perform routine audits and inspections. Drones used for tower inspections also allow operators to quickly identify and verify equipment specifications and/or damage, thereby allowing a more proactive approach to maintenance and repair.




HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE INSPECTIONS




Power lines spanning vast distances are a key component in the distribution of today’s modern power grids. They also present unique maintenance challenges due to their geographical distribution, as well as their high elevations and limited accessibility. Traditionally inspected by helicopter-based methods, they can be more easily and efficiently inspected using sUAV Inspection specialists equipped with Drones. Specialized cameras and highly efficient sensors are used to capture images and video footage that is detailed enough for ultra-fine post-inspection analysis, while telepresence can allow operators to see streamed video in real-time or from a tele-operator control point.





WIND TURBINE INSPECTIONS

Wind turbines present unique challenges for maintenance inspections. Current methods involve hoisting staff to heights that present significant health and safety risks. As a result, each inspection requires extensive downtime and meticulous planning before it can be carried out, reducing the overall efficiency of energy generation. Conducting wind turbine inspections via UAVs is a significant improvement over existing methods. A UAV is able to fly precisely and in close proximity to the turbine, eliminating the need to put inspection workers at high risk.




OIL AND GAS INSPECTIONS

Safety and efficiency are paramount to modern energy refining facilities, and regular inspections are critical to maintaining efficient operations. Traditional inspection methods have always been challenging as facilities can span large property areas with complex structural layouts. UAVs allow for even the largest facilities to be inspected quickly providing simple, high altitude facility surveying, as well as close proximity vertical inspection. When sensor technologies are applied, these systems allow teams to quickly scan to identify anomalies such as structural weaknesses, gas leaks, hot spots, ventilation gaps, and much more, empowering facility engineers to make decisions to quickly remediate and effect repairs as necessary. Drone mapping is a powerful new tool for inspection allowing you to safely and easily capture high-resolution aerial views of a site in minutes. Back in the office, or out in the field, it’s easy to analyze these detailed reconstructions of sites, make measurements and share comments to help you make quicker, more informed decisions. Drone services and images offer you the ability to confidently assess site conditions allowing you to focus your time and resources directly where they are needed. Eliminating or greatly reducing evaluation time frees up resources for other tasks, simply allowing your business more efficiency through greater productivity

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