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3 Examples of how Drones are Revolutionising Inspections.

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

With new uses for drones coming out pretty much every week, the industry is moving very fast. The survey and inspection market is certainly one area that is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon! Not only providing a host of industry sectors with cost savings and new levels of efficiency, they're also saving lives by replacing potentially dangerous practices. Plenty of previously risky infrastructure inspections of bridges, buildings and high rise towers, are now being safely carried out with the help of a drone.

Here are Airmap Limited's three separate examples of how drones are revolutionising inspection services:

  1. Bridges. Every day countless numbers of bridge inspections are carried out around the UK, and the world. Some are often more precarious than others, but almost all carry with them some element of risk attached to them. Traditionally, a crew of engineers will use ropes to perform inspections. Depending on the location and size of the structure, this can mean temporarily closing a bridge down to traffic while vital inspections are scheduled to take place. Instead, drones ensure that a team can stay on the ground as a drone (autonomously or carefully controlled) captures footage of the infrastructure areas concerned. This footage can then be analysed and used for presentation purposes.

  2. Communication masts. There's few examples of the ways drones are revolutionising inspections than when we look at communication masts. Drones are already helping to keep mobile phone towers running efficiently, sending live video to monitors on the ground and giving technicians real-time control over flight paths to look for specific problems.

  3. Solar Farms. Just as drones geared up with specialised sensors are able to fly over crops for a precision agriculture overview, the same tech can be used to inspect farms of a different kind. Solar farms are rapidly seeing the benefits of aerial technology, in both the planning stages and once operations are up and running. The key to a solar farm inspection is the thermal imaging camera relaying footage back to an engineer on the ground. The data captured can help engineers discover defective panels or areas that aren’t running as efficiently as they could be. These are referred to as 'hot spots'.


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