Drone inspections and surveys offer a quicker, more cost-effective and safer alternative to conventional visual inspection.
Drone services are transforming visual inspections to critical industrial infrastructure. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles can be used wherever visual inspections and surveys are required as part of routine industrial maintenance or monitoring of remote sites.
Drones are used at height or in confined spaces to make it possible to access areas that pose risks to health and safety and the environment. Drones (UAVs) also significantly reduce the cost to your business posed by other visual inspection methods.
Unmanned vehicle services are the most efficient and practical way to access and inspect critical onshore and offshore infrastructure. From warehouse roof inspections to offshore oil and gas installations, inspection of power plants and power lines and the visual inspection of onshore and offshore wind turbines.
The goal of visual inspections is to assess if industrial assets meet quality standards or require routine maintenance. In the past, industrial inspectors performed visual inspections using only the naked eye. Inspectors would access hard to reach places using elevated platforms, scaffolding and rope access.
Today, drone inspections and surveys using cameras that record and map assets on-site, allow engineers to review the footage and report their findings from the ground.
A drone inspection can be used for a range of infrastructure. The drone flies close to or throughout the structure, creating a 3D render and map. Once complete, engineers evaluate the results and create an action plan for any necessary maintenance.
Confined Space Drones
The Flyability Elios 2 is the most intuitive, reliable, and precise indoor inspection drone. Keep your workforce out of harm’s way while performing flawless inspections right from the first flight using cutting edge drone data capture capabilities.
We believe that human intervention into hazardous and dangerous environments should be minimised wherever possible. Reinventing collision-resilience, the Elios 2 allows you to capture every corner and inch of the most complex and confined assets, from a safe location.
Drone Inspection Services For External Assets:
Buildings, Roofs, Tanks, Turbines, Stacks, Bridges, Rail, Roads, Towers, Land Surveys, Agricultural Surveying, Volumetric Surveying.
Drone Inspection Services Internal Assets:
Confined Spaces, Building Internals, Culverts, Pipelines, Stack Internals, Shafts, Mines, Ballast Tanks, Indoor Stockpiles.
Which Industries use Drone Services?
Offshore oil and gas
Power generation plants
Wind and solar farms
Civil Engineering – motorways and powerlines,
What are the benefits of Drone Inspections?
Safer for engineers
Less dangerous – save on insurance, etc
Better record keeping
Drones are able to reach areas of buildings that are otherwise dangerous or difficult for engineers to reach, allowing for safe and efficient inspections.
Cracking, corrosion, and any other structural damage can be incredibly dangerous to the integrity of bridges. Drone Bridge Inspections are able to regularly check for damage without the risk posed by traditional inspections and cost of closing roads.
With wind turbine drone inspections, the drone can be used to direct a team of rope access engineers, ensuring more rapid coverage of the wind turbine itself and overall turbine farm.
Drones have become one of the smartest forms of powerline inspections as they can cover an incredibly long distance in a short time, saving on risk to employees, financial assets.
Sutro provide a wide range of aerial surveys and inspections. With access to an array of applications from high resolution cameras, thermal sensors, zoom cameras, LIDAR, sniffers and multispectral sensors.
Drones avoid the cost of other visual inspection methods such as helicopters and the health and safety risks associated with scaffolding and sky-lifts. Using fully qualified and trained UAV pilots, along with structural engineers and visually qualified surveyors, we can undertake inspections within the most challenging of environments.
Drone Inspection Cardiff
From our Cardiff base in South Wales, Sutro operates drone inspection services for our clients throughout the UK and Europe. With easy access to South West England via the M4 as well as the rest of the UK and Europe from Cardiff Airport, we respond quickly and deliver industry-leading results.
In the UK and Europe, any individual conducting a visual inspection must be professionally trained. These individuals’ training includes academic qualifications and relevant experience, hazard identification, emergency procedures, information technology, and fire protection and prevention.
Similarly, as drone use in the UK and Europe is growing, there are select qualifications required for flying drones. Prior to partaking in an inspection, any individual piloting a drone between 250g and 20kg is required to obtain a certificate of registration from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), display his or her registration number on the drone, and have obtained an acknowledgement of competency from the CAA. Our UAV pilots at Sutro meet these standards and are highly experienced, providing you with the necessary confidence that we will conduct your remote infrastructure drone inspections with caution and efficiency.
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