Unmanned aerial vehicles will greatly advance the efficiency, accuracy and speed at which construction projects are completed in the near future. Professional grade drones equipped with mountable lightweight HD cameras, LIDAR and Thermal and Infrared sensors technology will alone improve surveys, site visibility, progress reporting, and inspection processes.
Drones can be used through out the entire construction process, from bidding to pre-construction and design to construction to completion and maintenance. Drones are extremely beneficial in project management, assessment and cost estimate.
After drones take weekly images of the structure, images are uploaded into a software and stitch them together into a time lapse video. This is a great benefit in coordinating logistics among the many parties involved, while remote stakeholders and investors are informed visually about the progress.
Construction (design, building inspection or monitoring) is in the top three useful applications for commercial drone-based services, behind aerial photography, surveying and mapping. The number of construction and engineering companies using drones is rapidly growing as companies are starting to understand the enormous benefits of using drones on sites.
Surveying is a great benefit, as accurate data is produced with surveys and contour maps of high-resolution point cloud data collected from bird’s eye view.
It’s quick and fairly to deploy a drone into the air meaning so you can keep a constant eye on projects and with repeated flights for continual updates. The production of weekly 2D and 3D maps and sharing between project shareholders, engineers, crews and associates will ensure your progress stays on track and help pinpointing any problems that surface suddenly.
Drones save money, time and reduce the risk of injury.
Efficient and cost effective maintenance strategy are the basis of Preventive Maintenance. The strategy has essential benefits of improved equipment availability and reduced operational failures which are evident of cost reductions. Management of industrial and utility structures has improved due to innovation and technology. Unmanned Air Vehicles UAV – drones – are an impressive asset in preventive maintenance through collection of data from environments and situations where human access is difficult or dangerous. Drones are an imperative maintenance tool in industries such as wind turbines and communication towers.
Commercial drones are changing the way operators are auditing and inspecting infrastructure and a well planed Preventive Maintenance Strategy Program (PMSP) will reduce the risk of injury in one of the most dangerous jobs plus the benefits of cost effectiveness.
The scope of the inspection really matters. Commercial drones perform full inspection of communication and energy towers in a fraction of the time a skilled crew and climbers would take to complete the inspection.
Preventive maintenance in the communication and energy towers utility companies has very special significance, such companies can not afford shutdown due to the long-term contractual supply arrangements in place with the buyers of their services and products.
In addition, the regulating authorities inflict demanding compliance with respect to system efficiencies and environmental protection.
Organizations such as ANSI ( American National Standards Institute) https://www.ansi.org , OSHA ( Occupational Safety and Health Administration) https://www.osha.gov and NATE (National Association Of Tower Erectors) https://natehome.com are encouraging the use of UAV in structural tower inspection for their extreme safety.
Preventive Maintenance Strategy Program (PMSP) provides the following valuable assets to any company:
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Our great state of California is providing 2 million households with wind power. According to California Wind Energy Association CALWEA https://www.calwea.org, wind projects generated 6.2% of all power generated in the state. Wind power accounts for 39%of renewable energy generates in the state.
Most of the state’s wind power is generated through three primary regions: Altamont Pass Wind Farm (east of San Francisco); Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm (south east of Bakersfield) and San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm (near Palm Springs, east of Los Angeles). fourth area, the Montezuma Hills of Solano County, was developed in 2005–2009, with the large Shiloh Wind Power Plant.
As of January 1st, 2017 the great state of California has generated 5662 Mega Watts of power with growth of nearly 350% since 2001. Wind power in California has evolved through the years. It started in 1980 as the first U.S state to establish the first wind power project but Texas has taken the lead in the U.S. by a wide margin in total megawatts of wind, with farm states like Iowa and Kansas moving up fast. Meanwhile, California’s numbers have essentially remained unchanged since 2012.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com, in an interview with Nancy Rader, the executive director of CALWEA, the future of wind energy in the golden state is bleak, “It’s pretty bleak in terms of the potential for new development,” she said in a telephone interview from her group’s headquarters in Berkeley. “We’re actually at risk of going backward in total capacity in California.”
Offshore wind turbines has a very slow growth in the U.S.A with the first ever offshore farm, Block Island developed in Rhode Island and in operation since 2016. While the UK is the leader of offshore wind farms followed by the Netherlands and Germany, U.S has a long journey ahead in the offshore generation of wind turbines.
Below are the highlights of the major construction of the Anholt offshore wind farm in Denmark. Enjoy.
It is always stressful getting inspections or any kind of maintenance done on communication towers wind turbines and utility structures. It is a costly, risky and time consuming process that require the deployment of trained and skilled crew to hard to reach terrain and evaluate areas of instability and damage.. Safety is the number one concern for any service company. Safety requires repetitive training and added operational cost. Traditionally, climbing is required to view and inspect higher parts of the structure and this process is not necessary.
Luckily, many professional service and maintenance companies are able to utilize a much safer and cost effective method of inspecting by using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). A drone can reach tall heights, take HD quality photos and videos, and examine parts of a structure and reach parts which would be considered too dangerous. Drones are also capable of conducting multiple inspections without the need to move to a different location, we just fly the aircraft to the next tower. Drones are able to provide engineers with real-time data, images and post-inspection analysis-the benefits of which are causing a shift away from traditional utility inspection methods.
ROI is the financial goal for any business and reducing the labor and insurance cost will achieve such goal.
Let California ADI keep your workforce safe by removing them from harm’s way. Let’s assist you in inspecting these hazardous and dangerous areas, with your personnel safely on the ground.
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Safety Factors For Using Drones In Tower Inspections
As drones are becoming an important instrument at job sites around the world, various utilities companies are having conversations about the risks and rewards of the new technology. California ADI aims to shed some light on how UAV use could assist with your business or industry requirements resulting to improved safety during inspections.
Seeking better ways to inspect job sites and identify potential hazards before they become dangerous, many companies are increasingly turning to drones and drone mapping to improve overall safety for their workers.
Drones help in reducing the need to walk in dangerous areas
Site manager are aware of the fact that most industrial accidents are the result of slips, trips and falls. In fасt, falls аrе the leading саuѕе оf death on industrial jоbѕіtеѕ and were responsible fоr thousands OSHA reported fаtаlіtіеѕ. By allowing crews to use drones for inspections, with real-time information, drone mapping reduces the exposure of workers in potentially dangerous areas.
Roof inspections can be very dangerous, as workers are often required to walk atop buildings at extreme heights to check for cracks, leaks and any other potential damage that could require repair. Drones and drone software makes it easy to identify such issues in need of repair, without ever having to step foot on rooftops.
Using drones in tracking progress and forecasting potential job site risks
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Drones are making field inspection safer and more efficient
Construction isn’t the only industry to see innovation and increased safety from the use of commercial drones. Field inspection is another profession that faces a high risk of injury or death from slips and falls. From bridges to power lines to cell towers, field inspectors are often required to scale large structures to visually inspect for potential damage in need of repair.
Drones are improving field inspections by making them safer while also making the inspection workflow twice as efficient.
Drones help companies put worker safety first
With many industries adopting drone mapping, we can expect to see OSHA figures of disasters surrounding job site fatalities drop. The latest drone models available from manufacturers like DJI are well suited for commercial applications on job sites, and the software available for drone mapping has come a long way in the past few years, opening endless possibilities for improvement to safety and efficiency. Drone data is now being used in almost every country by tens of thousands of professionals in dozens of major industries to make more informed business decisions and increase return on investment.
Companies willing to reduce worksite hazards should actively be considering the use of drones and drone mapping software. By keeping workers out of harm’s way, drone mapping can ensure companies small and large alike focus on safety first. Drone mapping іѕ аn innovative and соѕt-effective wау tо capture information from dangerous аrеаѕ without thе nееd for dispatching personnel into compromising situations tо соmрlеtе their jobs.
The following link describes a reported fatal OSHA accident in 2014 as the result of a 90 feet fall from a tower during inspection.