Drone inspections are being performed in almost every industry that requires visual inspections as part of its maintenance procedures. Use of drone for inspection help inspectors avoid having to place themselves in dangerous situations in many cases. Inspection drones are transforming manual inspection processes, allowing inspectors to speed up their collection of inspection data while removing slower manual steps.
Now, a drone inspection service provider can fly an inspection drone up the cell tower, or throughout the boiler, capturing all the visual data the he/she needs to complete inspection.
a. Boilers and storage tanks inspection-
Industrial drone inspections of boilers, fuel storage tanks, and confined spaces in power plants, refineries, and other industrial plants are becoming commonplace. Drones are equipped with powerful LED lights that ensure good image quality with true, natural colours, allowing you to quickly get details of specific sections.
b. Building and roof inspections-
Still images and video recordings taken by drones are useful in inspecting buildings & its roofs, helping inspectors locate hazards quickly. To detect heat-related faults or defect inspections, thermal imaging camera can be attached to the drone, which can quickly identify potential leaks.
c. Leak inspection of heating pipes-
A drone with a thermal payload can locate areas in a pipeline that may be malfunctioning and causing leaks, so the owners can make immediate repairs and in turn, can avoid energy loss. Oil & Natural Gas pipelines sometimes run thousands of kilometers & drone can cover the inspection very fast, thus saving hundreds of man hours & cost.
d. Flare stack inspection –
Drones can obtain detailed images of flare stack heads, eliminating the risk to personnel and allowing for uninterrupted production time. Drones can capture images in a very short period of time, making repairs and maintenance less expensive and time-consuming.
e. Offshore oil rig inspections-
Working offshore complicates the inspection of oil rigs. It also exposes workers to a greater risk. Drones can send real-time information to operators on the platform while flying within a few meters of the offshore platform. High-definition videos and stills can be provided from all angles and plan ahead for the work required.
f. Oil spill and oil spill detection- Drones can be very effectively used to avoid the huge damage that can be caused by oil spills. By using the multiple sensors, drones can be used to measure and quantify oil spills, its spread over area & how fast it is moving over the water. This real-time information can determine where to dispatch response vessels & limits the overall damage.