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INSIDE BARCELONA’S SEWER SYSTEM: DRONE INSPECTION IS THE BEST RESPONSE TO AN ENVIRONMENT EMERGENCY

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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Drones in Mining: A Special Kind of Drone for Inaccessible Spaces

Posted By: Miriam McNabb

Mining is a growing vertical for the drone industry.  Drones have a lot to offer mining: monitoring of remote operations, measuring stockpiles, and other geospatial applications have been adopted at scale in open mines.

But there’s an entirely different area of the mine that may get even more benefit from drone technology: inside.  Inspections around dangerous equipment, inside of tanks and other inaccessible spaces provide dramatic ROI for mining companies.  It can be done – but it requires a special type of drone.

Swiss-based company Flyability makes the Elios – a collision-tolerant drone for just that purpose. It’s a unique solution to the problem of flying in tight spaces: the drone in it’s cage can roll off of the sides of an obstacle while maintaining good video and data.  It makes an impossible task – inspecting the inside of a tank, a steel girder, or just a tight space with a drone – possible.

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