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SimActive Introduces New LiDAR Workflow

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Montreal, Canada, December 3rd, 2019 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces a new LiDAR workflow integrated in its Correlator3D™ product. The capability allows to import a point cloud in the software and to perform registration with an image dataset.  Using LiDAR as control eliminates the need for traditional ground control points (GCPs) when processing the photos.

The registration occurs during aerial triangulation, leading to a precise alignment of imagery with the LiDAR data. Following this, Correlator3D™ can output colorized point clouds as well as seamless orthomosaics.

“Removing the need to manually tag GCPs facilitates the integration of LiDAR data with imagery”, said Dr Philippe Simard, President of SimActive. “Our clients can benefit from different data sources, with perfect co-registration.”

About SimActive

SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics, 3D models and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support. For more information, visit www.simactive.com.

AirMap Launches Innovative Business and Solution Design Service with Estonian Air Navigation Services to Accelerate Drone Integration

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Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS), a modern and dynamically developing air navigation services provider, and AirMap, the leading airspace and dataflow automation company serving the drone economy, are developing a comprehensive and customized solution for integrating drones into Estonian airspace. As part of the multi-phase joint project, AirMap will conduct market, business, and regulatory analyses, determine best practices for business planning and stakeholder onboarding, and work closely with EANS, the Estonian Civil Aviation Administration, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications to create a uniquely tailored concept of operations (ConOps). The results will allow EANS to accelerate U-space roll-out and serve a growing drone community. 

“The rapid growth of drone operations requires innovative digital solutions to ensure safe air traffic management,” said Maria Tamm, UTM project manager at EANS. “U-space is for all airspace users and we need to take concrete steps to enable the safe and secure integration of unmanned and manned aviation into Estonian airspace. We look forward to working with AirMap and creating a roadmap for safely integrating advanced drone operations at scale.”

Estonia is at the fore of European U-space enablement. EANS led the SESAR JU GOF USPACE project, which demonstrated complex international and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations, including emergency maritime search and rescue, eVTOL transport, and cross-border package delivery. Several Estonian companies have been testing advanced drone operations such as package deliveries, border security, and long-distance flights. 

These efforts reflect Estonia’s pioneering role as a leading digital nation. Estonia was one of the first countries in the world to digitize and automate state services and has since exported its e-governance expertise to dozens of other nations. Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, is home to a vibrant IT sector and robust start-up scene, both of which include enterprises that are eager to integrate drones into their operations. 

“Safe and scalable drone integration will solidify Estonia’s leading-edge business advantages and allow Estonian businesses to reap the benefits that drones provide to the economy,” said Eric McCabe, Vice President of Strategic Services at AirMap. “We look forward to working with EANS to create a best-practice solution that will safely open more of the Estonian airspace to drones.”

AirMap’s Business and Solution Design consulting service is part of a complete set of solutions for UTM and U-space. AirMap has developed deep expertise in designing solutions for authorities and ANSPs including Switzerland’s skyguide and Air Navigation Services of Czech Republic.

You can read more about AirMap’s Business and Solution Design services at The AirMap Institute. If you are interested in working with AirMap to create a custom airspace solution, please contact [email protected].  

About EANS

EANS (business name Lennuliiklusteeninduse Aktsiaselts) is a modern and dynamically developing Public Limited Company operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia, which is also the sole owner of the EANS shares. The Company has long and fruitful experience in the modernization of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) systems, airspace organization, and procedures design and implementation. EANS has experience in the realization of EU funded development and implementation projects. EANS strategy sets up a major challenge for the near future: integration of the air traffic management and different supporting processes into a single comprehensive management system covering quality, safety, information, security, crisis, healthcare and environmental management.

About AirMap

AirMap is the leading airspace and dataflow automation company serving the drone economy. AirMap connects airspace authorities, enterprise operators, and industry developers with digital solutions for scaling safe and efficient drone operations in low-altitude airspace. AirMap’s UTM and U-space solutions are deployed in the Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States, and available in over 30 countries. The company serves a global community of over 250,000 pilots and 2500 registered developers. In 2019, AirMap acquired Hangar Technology, an enterprise drone dataflow platform, to further accelerate enterprise drone adoption through digital automation. AirMap is committed to advancing drone enablement through global research initiatives, including NASA-UTM, the European Network of U-space Demonstrators, and the U.S. DoT UAS Integration Pilot Program and UTM Pilot Program. Learn more at www.airmap.com.

Terra Drone Indonesia Performs Flare Stack Inspections for Chevron

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Terra Drone team with an inspection drone

Sumatra, November 26, 2019 – Terra Drone Indonesia, a group company of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has conducted visual inspections of onshore flare stacks for energy major Chevron (PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia). The inspection was done in Duri field, one of the largest production fields in Rokan PSC, Sumatra. Using a multirotor drone equipped with high-resolution RGB and thermal cameras, Terra Drone Indonesia inspected several flare stacks in a manner which was more effective, faster, and safer than conventional visual inspection methods.

Traditionally, Chevron has been performing visual inspections using binoculars while the flare stacks were still in operation. This method did not allow the oil and gas company to check the assets from a close proximity to get a detailed picture of the condition of the flare stacks. Terra Drone’s inspection drone, meanwhile, is capable of capturing photos with excellent quality and clarity to enable inspectors to accurately assess the condition of the flare stacks. Further, the radiometric thermal camera mounted on the drone studies the performance and function, and identifies temperature anomalies on the flare stacks. With these datasets, a comprehensive non-contact inspection report can be generated and appropriate recommendations can be provided to the operator. 

The use of drone technology in the oil and gas industry is not new, and its applications have been widely introduced across the world by Terra Drone. The drone service provider is experienced in implementing UAV technology in many ways such as vertical structure inspection, storage tank inspections, pipeline surveillance, asset and facility inventory surveys, and gas leak detection using sophisticated sensors. “Going forward, the many benefits and applications of drones will be an attraction for oil and gas companies to adapt the them in their daily operations,” says Michael Wishnu Wardana, Managing Director of Terra Drone Indonesia.

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Examples of inspection photos on flare tips

About Terra Drone Corporation 
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 500 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 25 branches are spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others. 

Terra Drone provides end-to-end solutions specializing in each sector by using high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software and customizable drone traffic management systems (UTM). The company actively invests in UAV technology providers to help them promote their products and services in the global market. 
For all the latest news and information about Terra Drone, visit the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter handles.

Echodyne Radars Anchor DARPA’s Urban Drone Testing

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KIRKLAND, WA — November 22, 2019 — Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announced today that its radars were key active sensors deployed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for its Aerial Dragnet program in San Diego during the week of October 21, 2019. In conjunction with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW), Echodyne’s EchoGuard and EchoFlight radars provided comprehensive surveillance of drone activity in San Diego’s urban airspace.

The DARPA testing involved radar sensors on two large tethered aerostat balloons flying at up to 400 feet above ground level (AGL) over San Diego and National City, as well as fixed building-top and tower mounted locations providing large-area coverage. The sensors were tuned to detect and track small drones and distinguish them from background objects such as buildings, vehicles, and birds. The testing assessed how well the system could detect, track and identify over 150 sorties of drones including various commercial off-the-shelf models, similar to those available at electronics stores or online retailers, which simulated unauthorized / unidentified drones flying in the city.

Drone sales into the consumer and commercial segments will result in nearly 2 million unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the US in 2020, and the global market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.5% to reach nearly $43 billion in 2024, per the FAA Aerospace Forecast and a separate industry report, Drone Analytics – Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts. With this volume of drones in the airspace, dense urban areas will need to evolve from point security deployments to full urban airspace situational awareness.

San Diego was a natural choice to test this system given the city’s participation in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP). While DARPA’s focus is on protecting U.S. troops from drone attacks in urban settings overseas, the system under development could ultimately help protect U.S. metropolitan areas from potential drone-enabled terrorist threats.

“The DARPA requirement to create full urban airspace situational awareness has been challenging yet rewarding,” said Tom Driscoll, CTO of Echodyne. “In conjunction with APL-UW, we operated more than a dozen radars on aerostats and rooftops to detect and track urban drone flights. Our performance demonstrated that Echodyne’s innovative, beam-steering, electronically scanning radars have unique operational, sensitivity, and intelligence characteristics necessary to conduct networked airspace surveillance over a major US city like San Diego.”

To learn more about how Echodyne is reinventing radars, contact [email protected] or visit www.echodyne.com.

About Echodyne
Echodyne introduces the world’s first compact, software-defined, solid-state, true electronically scanned array (ESA) radar sensor. Ideally suited for machine perception in an autonomous age, Echodyne offers high-performance commercially priced radars to governments, industries, and integrators engineering solutions for border security, critical infrastructure protection, first responders, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomous vehicles. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com

Webinar: How to Effectively Combine LiDAR Data with Imagery

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The use of LiDAR sensors for mapping is growing, as recent technological advances even allow them now to be mounted on drones. LiDAR point clouds are often collected in conjunction with imagery, which combined together lead to very rich datasets. This training session will discuss how to combine LiDAR data with imagery to generate orthomosaics as well as colorized point clouds. Specifically, attendees will learn about the following:

– Importing LiDAR point clouds– Registering LiDAR data and images automatically– Orthorectifying on LiDAR DEMs– Colorizing LiDAR point clouds

Link to register:   https://bit.ly/34ecNoi

Passenger Drones: Understanding Their Varieties and Specifications

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Air taxis, flying cars and eVTOLs are just a number of the popular names currently being used to refer to unmanned vehicles which are being designed to carry humans in the future. With all these names being thrown around it’s becoming difficult to distinguish between what an air taxi is versus a flying car, whether there can be one name for all of these devices and if so, why all these different names are being used interchangeably? The answer, as always, lies in the details. All of these platforms have one main thing in common: they are designed to carry humans. Therefore, the term that most accurately describes them under one umbrella and without any specification limitations (e.g. regarding energy sources, configuration etc.) is passenger drones.

To help explain why and how this is the case, we’ve built a framework that segments passenger drones according to their features in order to show the different varieties which are available.

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What Defines a Passenger Drone?

There are several levels at which it is possible to distinguish between different aerial platforms being designed to carry humans. The very first level is whether they are piloted/manned or unpiloted/unmanned. Looking at our framework all drones which are designed to carry humans but not be piloted are passenger drones.

Important to note here is that even though many platforms aim to fly unpiloted in the future, today they are still manned. In order for this to change, full automation is key. Once truly autonomous solutions are made available and once these are certified according to aviation standards, passenger drones will be able to fly humans with no pilot involvement.

As the industry grows and a private market develops, any passenger drone will also have the option of becoming a private flying device, depending on what market the manufacturer seeks out for their platform. However, given how young the industry still is, this is not yet the case.

Drone Rentals Increasing in Agriculture Equipment

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Guest post by Emily Folk

Industries like traffic management, weather reporting and public safety use drones to monitor events as they happen. People have long associated drones — or unmanned aerial vehicles — with militaristic operations, but many civilians use them for anything ranging from food deliveries to journalism. Drone technology lends itself well to agricultural management because of its endless applications, especially on commercial farms.

Large farms have acres of cropland to inspect for diseases or infestations, and it can take days to run through everything. Similarly, a livestock farmer with lots of cattle may desire a simpler way to monitor their daily progress without herding them all up. These situations are where drone tech comes in. Caring for your farm can become a lot less time-consuming with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on hand.

Benefits of Renting and Financing Drones

Precision farming is an agricultural phenomenon marked by the use of global positioning systems, robots, telematics and more. Farmers remove a lot of the guesswork of traditional cultivation by employing technology. Precision agriculture analyzes data on variables like crop yields and watering practices to facilitate improved production. Accuracy is vital when many agriculturists support their families from their harvests, and drones are one way to smooth the process.

If you’re not yet ready to buy a drone, you can always rent one and give it a test run. Renting a UAV relieves the responsibility of ownership, especially if you’ve never operated one before. You may be new to the various types of UAVs — such as multi-rotor and fixed-wing — and don’t want to invest without knowing what they can do. Renting allows you to give a unit a test spin before making a final purchase.

You may already know that a drone is the right choice for you, but may not be able to afford the high upfront costs. For farmers, financing is a regular occurrence as many necessary pieces of equipment come with a high price tag. Some companies offer financing as low as 0% for qualifying purchases, which gives your pockets a break if you decide to buy. A wise investment may be costly at first, but it always pays for itself later.

Agricultural Usage

You may know drones for their aerial capabilities in movies and TV, but they also help farmers seed, fertilize and spray their fields from a distance. Farmers who use chemical pesticides employ UAVs to track which areas they’ve already sprayed, preventing the spread of chemicals outside the specified range. This method prevents them from harming their plants with over spraying or exposing other natural resources to pollution.

UAVs help farmers with large farms save time and energy on treating each section individually. Many modern drones provide thermal feedback on failing plants and irrigation leaks. Remote sensing tech tells an agriculturist what factors may be stressing their plants, such as pests, drought or disease. You’ll also receive topographical maps of your fields and sensor readings of the air pressure, humidity and temperature.

Livestock farmers use UAVs to herd cattle into specific locations and locate cows that have strayed too far from the group. Many farmers send their cows off to remote pastures when summer comes, which requires them to take long trips to check their health. Autonomous drones can eliminate the need for these treks by flying to locations on a preprogrammed route and taking videos of the cattle.

The Future of Precision Farming

Tech companies recognize the success of precision farming — they’ll continue to make more advanced devices as the years pass. Drones are one of the most popular tech devices for recreationists and businesspeople alike, and farmers are joining the trend. UAVs have proven their worth to many growers looking to improve their operations, offering advantages that were only pipe dreams decades ago.

Radiofrequency tech increases in value due to its flexibility within several different devices, including sensors and autonomous vehicles. Adopting smarter tech can be a challenge for farmers in rural areas without Wi-Fi, but radiofrequency tech transmits signals across long ranges. More farms can gain access to devices that’ll make ranching and crop growing infinitely easier.

Incorporate Drone Farming in Your Fields

Consider using a UAV to remove the unpredictability of agriculture. Provide better, more efficient care to your crops and cattle, and catch small issues before they become bigger problems. In turn, you’ll produce healthy harvests and enjoy low-stress agriculture in all its glory.

Author Bio:

Emily is a green tech writer who covers topics in renewable energy and sustainable design. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.

Drone Workforce Solutions approved by US Dept of Veteran Affairs to teach its vets drone technology

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DWS announces today that it has been approved by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to teach America’s veterans, through the GI bill, its drone technology training program, Virtual Reality and 3D Virtualization training program, and Agricultural and Forestry Drone Collected Imagery training program.  DWS provides these technologies through its technology school www.dwsdroneschool.com

In a statement today, CEO Theo Nix, Jr., Esq., said, “We are excited to partner with the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs to train and employ and then deploy thousands of veterans around the country and around the world in drone and other technologies. We owe a great debt to our veterans and DWS intends to do its part, as a global employment company, to employ our vets in highly paid and sustainable jobs.”  

Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC (DWS),  a global employment and staffing company for providing drone technology services and its applications,  announced previously the launch of our global drone pilot portal to help provide significant and sustainable drone pilot jobs in drone technology to its global corporate, business and government partners. In this portal, we provide fully vetted and FAA Part 107 certified commercial pilots with a full administrative backend that allows us to send our pilots on jobs around the world. This vetting system gives our corporate and government clients a comfort level they don’t otherwise currently have from the drone pilot service industry.

DWS has already launched a global Apple and Google APP for our DWS vetted pilots which allows DWS to send information electronically to our drone pilots which includes the job location, client, length of time of the job, the type of drone and accessories required and the pay rate. The pilot will then electronically inform us of their availability. 

DWS has been approved to provide both drone inspections and drone training services to one of the largest utility companies in the country which has many affiliate companies as part of the parent company. Additionally, DWS has been in negotiations to perform drone utility and agricultural services, mining, medical deliveries and other kinds of drone services and to provide drone and other technologies training in various countries in this country and abroad.

Theo Nix, Jr. Esq., is currently Co-Founder, CEO and President of Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC.  Attorney Nix has worked in the international corporate arena for many years, including as corporate counsel for a Fortune 100 global company, where he has performed transactional work and negotiated mega business deals and will use those international relationships to collaborate with governments, businesses and corporations around the country and globally to employ Americans, especially or veterans, as drone operators in the field of drone technology. 

Nix is a big proponent of Workforce Development and the need to retrain and employ Americans at all levels, especially our Veterans, through the use of drone technology and its applications for a new global world.

 Says Nix, “DWS intends to pay some of the highest rates to our pilots in the drone industry.

 Why, because they deserve it and we have the international contacts and means to do so”.

Powering Americas Drone Workforce.  Fly away with us.

Auterion and Avy collaborate in innovative VTOL UAV for BVLOS operations


Los Angeles, California, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands – November 19, 2019 – Auterion, the leading open-source based operating system for enterprise drones, and Avy, a pioneer in innovative unmanned aviation technologies with a focus on life-saving missions and applications, today announced a partnership to enable a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone for medical deliveries, public safety, sustainable logistics, and wildlife conservation operations. 

Use cases for drones are becoming increasingly popular as more operators search for solutions to enable long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions while maintaining safety and compliance. This partnership addresses these new demands with the introduction of the Avy Aera VTOL winged drone, for long-distance flights with modular payload capabilities and integrated avionics systems. 

The Avy Aera drone will leverage the complete Auterion software platform, including the operating system, Auterion Enterprise PX4, the Auterion Ground Station software for flight planning, and Auterion Insights for flight, safety, and compliance management. 

“The Avy Aera gives emergency services, mapping companies, and medical delivery enterprises a new tool to cover large areas in a short time. The integration around open standards makes it easy for operators to integrate the Avy Aera drones within their existing services,” said Kevin Sartori, Auterion co-founder. 

Designed to meet the latest EU regulations and with a range of over 100 km carrying cargo or sensor payloads up to 1,5 kg, the Avy Aera is equipped with onboard redundant communication links (RF, LTE, Satlink) and ADS-B transponder. Avy Aera is able to operate BVLOS and is compliant with the upcoming EASA regulations, by following the SORA framework. 

“By taking our technological performance one step further and focusing on operations, we’ve developed an aircraft that is ready for the strict aviation regulations and to operate over densely populated areas. The Avy Aera is quick, sleek, reliable, and equipped to disrupt the aviation ecosystem,” said Patrique Zaman, CEO of Avy. 

The Avy Aera drone solution will be showcased at the Amsterdam Drone Week conference on December 4-6, 2019. 

About Auterion Auterion is the leading open-source operating system for drones. With 50+ employees across offices in California and Switzerland, Auterion has raised $10M in venture-backed funding from investors such as Lakestar, Mosaic Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, and Tectonic Ventures. The company’s global customer base includes GE Aviation, Impossible Aerospace, and the U.S. Government. Learn more at www.auterion.com. Twitter: @auterion Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/auterion/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/auterion

About Avy Avy is a pioneer in innovative aircraft technology for the transition towards sustainable aviation, with a focus on life-saving missions and applications. The autonomous Avy Aera, designed according to advanced & minimalistic Dutch design principles, is a VTOL winged drone made to access hard-to-reach places without the need for infrastructure and making urgent healthcare accessible to anyone in need. Website:​www.avy.eu Twitter:​@FlyAvy Facebook:​@FlyAvy Instagram: @flyavy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/avy/ 

Why Green Power Installations Should Consider Aerial Inspections

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Image credit: Landpoint

Guest post by Dustin Price

The green power industry is being modernized in many ways. One such way is through the increased use of aerial inspections. Aerial inspections can be used at the very start of a green power project, as well as during the later maintenance stages. Through aerial surveys, the green power industry can improve its yields and its safety.

Here are a few of the major advantages to using aerial inspections for solar, wind, hydropower, and other green developments. 

Complete your surveys and inspections faster

Every project begins with initial surveys. Man-made and natural obstructions need to be identified, and terrain has to be mapped to plan for the project. In the past, these surveys have been done by manned crews — either walking along the length of the survey (slow) or flying in a plane (expensive and potentially dangerous – even with modern safety standards, there’s always a risk when you send a crew into the sky). Today, aerial surveys can be conducted through plane, helicopter, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), offering a number of options depending on the project’s needs.

When conducted through drones, aerial surveys are safe, fast, and accurate. Drones can fly close to the ground, don’t need to be manned, and can cover large distances quickly. The faster the inspections and surveys are completed, the faster the project can begin. The more accurate the surveys are, the less likely it is that the project will need to undergo significant reworks later.

Improve the efficiency of your project through simulations

Whether you’re installing wind power, solar power, or another type of energy generator, the amount of energy you produce is going to be based on how your installation works with the environment. For wind power, you need to be able to determine the impact of your surroundings on the wind energy generated. For solar power, you need to be able to calculate the angle of the sun not just throughout the day, but throughout the year.

Aerial inspections lead to highly detailed 3D scans of the terrain and the surrounding environment, which can in turn be used for advanced simulations. Through these simulation techniques, you will be able to figure out the best way to position energy generators, for the greatest capture of energy throughout the year and under different types of weather. 

The more efficient a green power installation can be, the more advantageous the technology will be over traditional methods such as fossil fuels. As the green power industry improves upon its energy production, it becomes an easier sell to others who want to get involved. Thus, these simulations are better for the green power industry as a whole, and are an excellent way to prove the value of the industry.

Identify issues before they become more significant

By inspecting your equipment regularly, you can reduce the chances that there might be dangerous or disruptive issues. All types of equipment will eventually break down and degrade. Without aerial inspections, it’s necessary to send someone to manually inspect the generators. Large structures like wind turbines or dams may even need to be climbed.

Manual inspections aren’t just potentially dangerous, but also time-consuming. With aerial inspection, inspections can be done more frequently because they are easier and faster. They also won’t carry with them the risk of potentially injuring an inspector on-site. More regular inspections lead to fewer accidents and incidents overall.

Equipment for green power installations is expensive. Whether they’re wind turbines or giant solar farms, a damage to your equipment is costly. Preventing this damage doesn’t just improve the bottom line of the company, but also its overall carbon footprint. Having to engage in significant repairs and replacements of equipment will only increase the environmental impact of the facility.

Use the IoT to tag equipment for repair and maintenance

Today, the IoT can be used to appropriately tag equipment that has to be checked by personnel. Drones can connect to sensors on equipment to detect whether there are noticeable issues. A wind turbine that is out of balance, for instance, can report that it is out of balance even by a little, and then drones can be used to see whether there’s a visible issue such as a damaged blade.

By tagging equipment as needed, the company can then dispatch engineers directly to the equipment that needs to be repaired. This streamlines the repair process and makes repairs themselves faster and easier. If not regularly maintained and repaired, some types of equipment can become very dangerous. IoT allows for complete reporting, which can be used in association with aerial inspections to get a better picture of the overall project. 

Ultimately, aerial inspections improve the process of collecting initial surveys and planning a green power installation, in addition to making it easier to maintain and repair a green power installation. By leveraging aerial inspections, you will be able to increase the efficiency of your power project, while also reducing the potential for safety issues and delays. 

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Guest post by Dustin Price, a licensed land surveyor and the Operations Manager at Landpoint. He leads the company’s technical approach to delivering professional surveying services by providing tailored solutions using UAV technology. 

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