Tag: DroneInspections


Elios was used to complete the inspection of a damaged section of sewer infrastructure in Barcelona, Spain.

Wastewater infrastructure inspection offers some obvious challenges.

Because almost all of the system is hidden from view, the ways to inspect the pipes without a drone is either to dig them up – only done in the case of an emergency – , to use small cameras attached to ground-based robots or to send people inside.

In Barcelona, inspectors and engineers faced an immediate challenge. A critical piece of the infrastructure, a wastewater interceptor serving 5 municipalities in the Barcelona area and transporting a large volume of waste to the treatment plant, suffered a break during recent storms.

Running along the shore of the Mediterranean, the pipe had been damaged by heavy surf and was leaking 500 cubic meters per second of raw sewage into the sea.

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Drone may check water tower


In the past, the city of Desloge has hired a person to take the ladder to the top of the city’s 130-foot water tower to perform an inspection, but now it’s considering using a drone to check a filter on the tank that needs to be replaced periodically.

When the city of Desloge begins to check out the condition of its 130-foot municipal water tower, rather than using a human being to climb the ladder, a drone may be used to perform an inspection of a filter.

“There’s a filter on top of the tower itself that needs to be inspected on a periodic basis,” he said. “In the past we’ve sent a man up the ladder to the top of the water tower to inspect that filter. We explored the idea of maybe using technology we weren’t able to do five or 10 years ago, but we’re able to do now.

“We’re considering the option of sending a drone up there to make a video and visibly inspect the filter that way and see if we can get good and clear footage to make a decision rather than sending someone up the side of the water tower on the ladder to visually inspect it in person.”

Source: Daily Journal Online

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Drone Inspections Reduce Commercial Real Estate Investment Risks

The commercial property industry is expansive, totalling $750 billion across real estate, management and insurance.

There’s also a certain amount of inherent risk for investors, particularly to property and infrastructure. Physical asset risk, which includes equipment or ageing roofs that need replacing, is one of the top-10 sources of risk in commercial real estate, according to CrowdStreet.

Accurate and timely drone-based assessments of property conditions can help reduce investment risk and help property managers, owners and insurers make key decisions about their properties.

In order to do so, owners and managers need more modern, effective solutions for property and roof assessments to protect stakeholders and their investments.

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Need a Quick Inspection of a 58-Story Tower? Send a Drone

John Murphy and Larry Shueneman of Coastal Construction fly a drone over a construction site at the Miami Worldcenter, in Miami. Credit: Saul Martinez for The New York Times.

With their low cost and ease of handling, drones are saving money and time on big construction projects.

They could also save lives.

Ubiquitous as toys for the gadget-minded — and sometimes for purposes like spying and dropping explosives — drones have become indispensable tools in construction and real estate. Their relatively low cost and ease of handling have made work more efficient for architects, landscape designers, surveyors, builders, structural engineers and brokers.

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Drones Find Faulty Solar Panels at Schools (U.S)

Yavapai County is seeing first-hand the advantages of drone use when it comes to inspections – specifically, solar panel inspections. Matthew Mintzmyer, Associate Professor of Aviation at Yavapai College, has developed a UAS program that gives students the hands-on experience necessary to perform such tasks.

What began as a simple demonstration for students of the practical uses of drones turned into a beneficial discovery that the solar panels at two separate schools within the county weren’t working the way they should be.

The first instance took place a few months ago, where Mintzmyer gathered a few of his student at the Cottonwood Middle School to teach them, and the students at the middle school, how to use drones and thermal imaging to inspect solar panels.

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Cleaning Wind Turbine Blades by Drone

Hundreds of feet above a snow-covered field, a boxy black device covered in propellers hovers next to the enormous outstretched blade of a wind turbine. From a corner of the machine, a nozzle sprays a liquid across the surface of the blade in a rapid smooth zigzag motion like a rogue car wash in the sky.

The machine is a drone made by Latvian-born startup Aerones, and earlier this year the company tested it out de-icing a wind turbine blade at a wind farm in Latvia.

Aerones, after several years of trials and upgrades, opens a new phase in the Renewable Energy maintenance sector. Backed up by a 20 years of R&D experience Aerones elaborated a method for cleaning windmill blades with Drone, which involves not only the way to carry out the operation, but also the appropriate equipment.

Now, Aerones has developed a maintenance method for wind turbines – a cleaning method of wind turbine blades by Drone. This new service aims to provide an effective, practical and economical alternative for cleaning the wind turbine blades using machinery adapted to the needs as well as technicians who are specialized in cleaning work by Automated Drone.

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The route to a fully autonomous drone and the impact on business

By Nick Ismail

The drone industry has come on leaps and bounds since their inception in the early 1900s and they are now proving crucial to global industries; from Hollywood to the military and even construction.

Today, they are being used to monitor climate change, gather information following natural disasters and on search and rescue missions in challenging terrain. According to Gartner, 2016 saw 110,000 drones sold for commercial use alone. That figure rose to 174,000 last year and the number of consumer drones to 2.8 million. The industry is undeniably growing.

The most exciting part of this growth is how drones are allowing businesses to explore in new ways, look at landscapes from a different perspective and capture data. For example, a 100-acre construction site can be visually captured by a pre-programmed drone in 10 minutes. Compare this to traditional methods, where a manual survey would have taken a team the best part of a month to complete, and the benefits of drones start to become clear to see.

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Drones Speed Solar and Wind Farm Inspection

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Duke Energy is using small unmanned aerial systems to inspect several different types of assets in its portfolio. Use of the drones has had a tremendous impact on regular inspections of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.

Duke Energy is the largest electric company in the U.S., delivering electricity to about 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. More and more of that electricity is being generated by renewable technologies. The utility owns more than 1,700 MW of generating capacity through 15 wind farms and 17 solar farms in 12 states.

Inspecting all those assets can be a daunting task, however, taking a few days to walk through just one 5 MW solar field, for example; or having to repel with ropes from a wind turbine hundreds of feet in the air to inspect blades.

When Duke Energy initiated a drone project in August 2014, the utility had augmented safety and improved operational excellence in mind for all its assets. Though Duke’s first pilot project was at its Marshall steam plant in August 2015, early interest in the use of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) came particularly from the utility’s commercial renewables group for inspecting solar and wind farms. Duke’s first solar farm inspection was in February 2016, with the first wind farm inspection coming a month later. By summer of 2016, more solar farm inspections were being added to the rotation, and Duke now has about 30 sUASs in operation.

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Drones trialled for the inspection of large railway structures

The LNE&EM route Structures asset management team is trialling the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect large structures in a safer and more cost efficient way.

The vehicles, commonly known as drones, are being used to get a closer look at five arch viaducts on the route, including the Grade 1 listed, 28-span Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (UK).

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