Taking close-range, high-resolution inspection photos is one of the most popular use cases for drones. Camera drones can reach areas that are more difficult, unsafe, or inefficient for people to inspect by traditional means, such as construction projects, wind turbines, utility lines, cell towers, solar panels, and bridges. Here’s a few examples:
Heavy civil construction and infrastructure
There’s a wide variety of use cases for drone inspections within civil construction and infrastructure projects. For example, you can regularly take the same inspection photo throughout the course of a project—every week, for example—to keep track of an important part of your site and share updates with your team. You can also capture high-resolution imagery of the side and underneath bridges, which is far safer and faster than traditional methods using field personnel. Drones are also increasingly being put to work to inspect critical infrastructure, such as airport runways and taxiways, in order to detect cracks and fissures in concrete. The top down, aerial view of these pieces of infrastructure, as well as their surrounding areas, provides planning and maintenance teams with invaluable insight into the health of the assets.
Building inspection and maintenance
Quickly and regularly inspect active plants, facilities, and finished construction projects to improve documentation and handoff, identify and address deteriorations faster, and equip your maintenance and operations teams with high-resolution aerial data.
Drones are often used to monitoring telecommunication cables, electrical transmission lines, sewer and water pipelines, and other utilities.
With a drone inspection platform, you can capture high-resolution, geo-tagged photos with automated flight patterns designed specifically to model vertical structures such as cell towers and transmission lines. View and analyze rich 3D point clouds in the browser. Make accurate measurements, inspect individual photos in detail, and create create detailed annotations and descriptions on any part of your model. You can also give key stakeholders read-only accounts, so they can view the data for themselves in the cloud, or turn your annotations into PDF inspection reports that you can easily share with your team.
Assess your solar panel productivity with aerial inspections. With thermal inspections, you can tap any part of your iPad screen and get a temperature reading of a specific area, down to the pixel, using radiometric modeling. Thermal inspection flight modes, like the one in Site Scan, also gives you the ability to measure areas, and see what the lowest, highest, and average temperature is within a given area.
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