Drone Technology and It's Positive Impact on Industry
Drone technology or UAV (as we refer to them) within construction and industrial inspection industries are gaining ground at an incredible rate and rightly so. However, with the UAV technology industry being a fairly newborn entity, not everybody is aware of their capabilities or are a little skeptical in terms of their use regarding health and safety. Drones can serve several purposes ranging from aerial videography and drone photography to thermal inspection and are even proving they can be used with life-saving equipment, with new developments towards NDT UT thickness tests around structures. DJM Aerial Solutions aims to shed some light on how UAV use could assist with your business or industry requirements resulting in colossal cost reduction and improved safety statistics.
Data Aquisition is Instant
UAV Technology can provide instant results which can be viewed live by the relevant company employees and decision makers in any industry. Traditional protocols are typically manual, handwritten and can weeks to analyze. Drones are able to transfer data via video link in an instant allowing for synchronization of essential data. Survey and Industrial Inspection, Preventative Maintenance, Progress Reports, Health and Safety Audits all rely heavily on visual manned industrial inspection in the first instance. This is common in most industrial workplaces. UAV technology can drastically cut down the timescale taken to capture this data allowing for better assignment of maintenance and repair budgets providing a cost-effective solution and improved safety standards inline with your business needs.
Reduced Labour Costs
Before any site is off the ground in terms of construction, A team of surveyors is generally required to carry out a series of data based industrial inspection to determine whether the site be suitable for the type of construction planned, and to assess the lay of the land in topographical terms allowing efficient planning for excavation and foundation construction. UAV can be used to map out immense areas utilising a range of onboard sensors providing the same data as a topographical survey team can provide, in a far shorter space of time. In terms of area, a UAV can cover 20 acres in 10 minutes and can continue with the same set points and image sequence or utilize different heights etc providing multiple map overlays. Dependent on the accuracy required, ground control points are of course preferable with their reference points uploaded to the UAV automated control system allowing for speed and accuracy when needed.
If a client has a requirement to carry out regular structural inspections at height in terms of welding runs or structural integrity to satisfy the insurers or classification societies, then normal practice would include sending either rope access personnel or a work basket suspended from a lifting appliance. Both of which obviously come with their pitfalls and high risk due to the fact that the Human factor is still heavily reliant on machinery and equipment to allow for a safe operation. Secondary risk mitigation and fail-safes are used in 90% of all cases, dependent on where about in the world you are, however, these redundancies are not completely reliable, for instance, a safety harnesses attached to a secondary pad eye or load bearing points are all well and good, however, when deployed the user has just 10 minutes prior to suspension trauma causing unconsciousness and a high possibility of death if not rescued within that time frame. Throw this into the melting pot with general Human error and the risks of working at height are astronomical and drone technology must be adopted by industry leaders to bring down the fall from height statistics.
The statistics that reference death and serious incidents at work tell a story for themselves, the number of working at height related deaths and serious injury contribute to around 30% of all incidents in the workplace in the UK. What better way to reduce these statistics than using drone technology to capture the same data but completely eradicating the risk to human life.
Being able to provide a progressive detailed progress report to your financial backers and board of directors is absolutely imperative to allow for any further funding requirements. Crucial stages of any build are always detailed providing basic evidence to those that matter most. What better way to add value to any progression report than supplementing it with aerial inspection data or progressional footage.
Asset Aerial Inspection / industrial inspection
Commercial building management and preventive maintenance rely heavily on routine inspection for any adventitious problems. These inspections must be carried out by law not only to satisfy the classification societies and insurance bodies but also to attain a good operational standard. The minimum time schedule that these assets must be inspected is generally on an annual basis.
The main benefit of drone use in construction is its benefits to company finances but the contributing factor that allows for this is the time-saving element. Traditional methods of manned inspection techniques are not only dangerous but also a logistical headache in terms of organization, insurances, planning, scaffolding, time on the ground, time on the job and then post-processing data. A UAV is designed for this purpose allowing for instant data acquisition through aerial inspection techniques utilising UAV technology at it’s best or upload of data to cloud-based software to provide a 3D image or point cloud of any given structure. Allowing the client to inspect the asset at their leisure.
Drone technology is quickly becoming part of our day to day life and ever-expanding source of tech. What is around the corner? UAV technology is not only a preferential tool around the aerial inspection and survey remit, new developments within the UAV technology world are imminent, if we look at how far drone technology has developed in the last few years we can almost be sure that the trend will continue to grow. Imagination is the driving source and us at DJM Aerial Solutions are proud to be part of it.