Minor issues might develop to become more serious and escalate into major and expensive repairs. On the other hand, changes and upgrades are constantly performed on the existing infrastructure.
The latest progress in the drone industry indicates that the next big challenge will be efficient handling of the thousands of images that drone inspections create.
In many regions of Norway, access to powerlines is difficult, so helicopters are often deployed to inspect the grid. But power utilities are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of drone-based inspections as a cost-effective and powerful method of obtaining data.
In a project with Heliscope we are very close to obtaining the first permanent, commercial BVLOS license in the world. This is great news for everyone working with drones or with infrastructure inspections based on UAV flights.
Inspections of wind turbine blades has been made easier, safer and much more cost-effective with the advent of drone technology. Now, with Scopito software as a main tool, Danish Drone Inspections is on the way to making blade inspections far more precise and much more useful.
Utility companies rely increasingly on GPS-tagged images to keep track of their infrastructure. As an asset management tool, precise imagery is vital, because it lets specialists and trained repair crews evaluate where precisely to use resources on repairs – and perhaps even more valuable, to pinpoint where not to spend resources.