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Why businesses can benefit from drone based inspections
05.02.17

Why businesses can benefit from drone based inspections

Shea O'Donnell
Why businesses can benefit from drone based inspections

Inspections of buildings, pipelines, roofs, flare stacks and more is an unavoidable task for many businesses. This procedure is necessary for helping many industrial areas continue to operate in a way that safeguards their resources as well as their staff. However, this critical health-and-safety duty can often put those that are performing such duty at risk. Once again, drones are being used to mitigate this risk dramatically, while also overcoming other barriers, making inspection safer, cheaper and more efficient. Businesses can benefit from drone based inspections for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:

Speed
This can aid businesses for a number of reasons. Drone-based inspections are much faster than manual surveys. Without the need for numerous procedures to access the structure that must be inspected, drones can complete the job in a fraction of the time. However, while this improves operations by increasing efficiency, another advantage drones can offer is super-fast deployment. With this feature, it is possible to complete emergency inspections almost instantly. 

Safety
Again, drone inspections increase safety for multiple reasons. First, by reducing the need for physical inspections, staff do not need to access structures in volatile conditions, often requiring them to climb up a dangerous height. In addition to aiding standard industrial inspections, using a drone also makes it possible to inspect structures in hazardous areas, where conventional methods would not be possible. This could include sites with radiation concerns, high voltage areas and more. 
Versatility

Specific infrastructure is needed to enable physical inspection of each individual site, depending on the nature of the building that is being monitored. With just one drone, it is possible to perform a variety of inspections, covering many areas of any size, height or environment.
 
Quality of data
When using traditional inspection methods, the data that a business can collect is limited due to the physical nature of the job, however; these limits are lifted when taking to the air. Drones can be fitted with a large variety of sensors including thermal imaging cameras, 3D imaging equipment, and extremely high-resolution cameras to capture application-specific data in detail that was never before possible.
  
Low cost
Once the mission has been planned, a comprehensive drone inspection can be completed with just one, highly trained member of staff, using fewer resources and in less time and as a result, the overall cost per inspection is lessened. 

The advantages of investing in a drone and relevant software to use for inspections are clear. If you need assistance in implementing this solution, we can help. Get in touch online.

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