Elios 2 Mineshaft Inspection
Asset: Anthracite Mineshaft | Location: United Kingdom | Work Scope: Visual Inspection
Commissioned to undertake a visual inspection of a 100-year-old anthracite mineshaft, the Sutro drone inspection team used the Elios 2 indoor drone due to its renowned reputation and unrivalled versatility.
Using a drone for remote visual inspection in this type of confined space has three main benefits: reduced cost of the inspection, faster results which would allow the structural work to continue sooner, and the safety of the inspection team.
Water ingress and restricted access meant that man entry could not be undertaken and therefore utilising the Elios 2 drone was deemed the only viable option. The drone is able to cover the whole of the mineshaft, producing detailed, high-quality data about the condition of the structure.
The main focus of the inspection was to establish the condition of the structural steelwork within the high risk, 800-metre mineshaft to allow further restoration works to continue.
Following the drone inspection, a site-specific asset report was undertaken and presented to the client both in hard copy and via a dedicated conferencing platform to ensure clarity with regards to any asset defects.
The Elios 2 is one of the most reliable and precise indoor inspection drones available. Using cutting edge drone capture technology, the Elios 2 can inspect remote and out of the way infrastructure beyond the line of sight of inspection engineers. The collision resilient cage and precise confined space accessibility mean that it can fly where no other drones can. This meant were able to keep our engineers out of harm’s way while performing a flawless inspection of the mineshaft.
A big thank you to the Sutro drone inspection team for their dedication and professionalism on this project.