April 4, 2019 avianuas

Drone Asset and Building Inspections

Drone Asset and Building Inspections

Traditionally conducting asset and building inspections of large assets and tall buildings have been time-consuming and dangerous for those responsible for periodic or preventative maintenance inspections as it involved careful safety planning, approvals, permits, heavy equipment and appropriately trained or licensed personnel to operate safely when working at heights. In 2018, data shows 157 Australians were killed at work, compared with 190 workers in 2017. Comparatively, in 2016 a total of 182 workers lost their lives in the workplace, of which 25 (13.7%) of these deaths were recorded as falls from height.

To improve safety we must remove or reduce exposure to potential harm. This can be achieved using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones for asset and building inspections. We can now access difficult to reach areas and dangerous situations using high-definition cameras in a fraction of the time and costs of traditional methods. This technology has dramatically advanced over the last 10 years to now being a safer and more efficient method when conducting an aerial visual survey of the asset (building, tower, bridge, transformers or power lines) from a safe distance using high-powered zoom lenses fitted to high-resolution cameras. The cameras fitted include using infrared thermal imaging cameras to detect heat anomalies in solar pv installations or complex mechanical systems.

By streaming real-time information to engineers and technicians safely on the ground who can assess the actual condition and deterioration of the asset in specific areas whilst recording and storing a visual record for detailed analysis and future comparison using complex AI and algorithms to gauge the true extent of a problem over the asset lifecycle. This allows more streamlined and rigorous maintenance plans and remedial action to be undertaken, significantly avoiding the cost of rework, unnecessary repairs or the misallocation of materials and resources over time.

In utilising this technology many companies in the engineering, infrastructure, asset management, construction and heavy industry sectors continually realise a multitude of benefits compared to those that have not embraced this solution of conducting asset and building inspections using UAVs. More than just flying an airborne camera and taking pictures the UAV operator must be licensed, experienced and confident in operating within constrained environments, working under pressure and working within and around high-value technical assets.

The potential for severe damage to equipment, personnel and client infrastructure is high when operating in many situations and the liability on the service provider is often underestimated by both the client and operator.

Often companies hastily engage service providers without adequate due diligence who are not capable, experienced or adequately insured resulting in dissatisfaction with the results and in some cases disastrous results.

Avian UAS specialise in ground and aerial data, image and video capture and data processing. We use specialist methods to obtain useable data that improves decision making efficiency and reduces risk and costs. Servicing clients across eastern Australia we add value to your operations in many applications or promote your business with high-quality photography and video content.

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