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Modern drones are changing the way inspections are performed in numerous ways. Most importantly, drones help keep workers safe and allow them to be stationary on the ground. This eliminates the need for workers to physically access hostile environments, where factors such as height, wind, waves, weather, and radiation, can lead to accidents or health issues.
Additionally, drones are able to capture higher quality data at a faster rate than traditional methods. When doing traditional inspections, it is hard to achieve an aerial view of the site without using, cranes, lifts, or manned aircraft. They are also able to fly in tight, hard to reach areas such as under bridges, in cooling towers, or on top of tall structures. And in some cases, a simple “flying camera” is all that’s needed. In other cases, a more substantial drone is needed to carry appropriate zoom cameras, thermal sensors, or methane detection equipment.
With modern software and analytical tools, images and other important information gathered can be used to generate standard reports that are easily shared across different platforms. The information can be customized for certain industries, making it easier for the end user in any industry to interpret and share relevant data.
In the end, drones keep workers safer, improve the quality of data collected, speed up the inspection process, and are a cost saving tool.