SCOPITO AT THE HEART OF A REVOLUTION IN WIND FARM INSPECTIONS

SCOPITO AT THE HEART OF A REVOLUTION IN WIND FARM INSPECTIONS 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 […]

SCOPITO AT THE HEART OF A REVOLUTION IN WIND FARM INSPECTIONS

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.

Danish Drone Inspections is a small company specialized in the use of UAVs for inspection purposes. Among their most important customers are housing companies in need of annual inspections of roof surfaces and facades, and the Scopito software is one of the most important tools for this type of job: ”Mainly, the software makes it really easy for us to deliver data to our customers in an organized way. It’s just a matter of sending them a login invitation, and we can inform them which images show such things as roof tiles in need of replacement. It makes the whole replacement and inspection process much faster and much more precise,” says Danish Drone Inspections founder and CEO Lars Christensen.

But recently Danish Drone Inspections has begun to explore a new way of using drone inspections and the Scopito software: Wind turbine blade inspections.

“It’s early days yet,” says Lars Christensen, “and we’re still running experiments, but it’s really promising. We can perform blade inspections with a degree of precision we’ve never seen before by pairing our image data with the Scopito software.”

Normally, an inspection run of a wind turbine blade generates a string of photos that are delivered to the customer on a USB drive – a method which leaves the customer with the large task of sorting and grouping the images. As the turbine blade is photographed at close range and on all four sides (leading edge, trailing edge, front and back), precise location and grouping of images is vital to ensuring a quick and accurate analysis of the condition of the blade. Using Scopito, the GPS data can be visualised in a simple way.


”We can analyse the images really efficiently in this way,” says Lars Christensen. ”And once we’re done, we can just upload the images and invite the customer to take a look at the critical ones in the browser-based Scopito software. We can even write notes and attach them to each image, so it’s all very intuitive. This saves a lot of time for everyone involved.”Lars Christensen stresses that this type of inspection is still in its infancy and that development work still needs to be done. But: ”Once we can get GPS-coordinates visualised on a 3D-model, we’re really going somewhere with this, and that is just around the corner,” he says. ”It’s a true revolution in wind farm maintenance, and Scopito is at the heart of it.”