Precision mapping, inspections, highway and infrastructure construction,
energy audits, disaster and emergency response, facility security, land surveying, documentation of waste discharge from ships - and much, much more.
In road construction, drones can verify the number of stripes, count guardrails, and report on other metrics of progress. Drones can fly under bridges for visual inspections and provide a detailed view of bridge components in far less time than it takes human workers. Drones can provide 3D volumetric analysis measures and models. In surveying, you can use drones to quickly survey your job site and build maps faster and at far less cost than traditional methods. Structural inspection has entered a new world as a result of drone technology. Instead of employing heavy software, lots of people and relying on complex readings, you can employ a drone to get a first hand view of how solid your structures are.
The high-resolution cameras on drones can pinpoint corrosion, and the main benefit is cost savings because the drones eliminate the need for cages and harnesses. Equipping drones with special sensory equipment such as electromagnetic, thermal, and infrared sensors can detect heat loss from buildings. Flying just outside the building, drone sensors can log information about where energy may be leaking from windows, joints and roofs, and relay the data to ground engineers who can zero in on how to improve the building's energy efficiency.
For a single facility or a large complex, drones can be programmed for single or continuous missions using precision GPS coordinates that you decide through a mission planning process. You specify the angles and perspectives for each facility, determine whether it is an inspection for corrosion, a security/surveillance flight, an IR package for energy audits, and so on, and the data are collected accordingly and transmitted in real time.
When a disaster occurs, drones may be used to provide relief workers with better situational awareness, locate survivors amidst the rubble, perform structural analysis of damaged infrastructure, deliver needed supplies and equipment, evacuate casualties, and help extinguish fires—among many other potential applications.
In advance of an emergency, drones are able to assist with risk assessment, mapping, and planning. When individuals, businesses, and communities are able to understand and manage risks and plan effectively, they reduce overall damage and losses. Rebuilding and recovery are then able to begin more quickly and ultimately strengthening the resiliency of communities.
Before disasters strike, drones can be used for risk management and prevention of potential losses, for example, by mapping certain terrain. Flood maps can coordinate disaster response efforts after major flooding as occurred with the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy in the United States. Topographical mapping in 3D can help identify areas prone to mudslides.
For firefighting, drones equipped with cameras can give firefighters real-time visual data from the fire and use sensors to visualize temperature readouts coming from the fire, giving firefighters information about where the fire is burning most intensely. Perhaps most significantly, micro drones can fly through a building’s interior, passing through floors to search for victims, assess structural damage and map fire strength.
Drones function well in environments that are unsafe for humans – few technological tools would be better to handle surveillance and communications during a pandemic viral outbreak.
DISASTER & EMERGENCY
GPS way points can be preprogrammed by altitude as well as by longitude and latitude. Drones can detect a small oil spill, for example, and the transmitted video could be reviewed online from the Operation Command Center or a laptop or Smartphone. The drone can detect oil spills at long distances from the Harbor and also depending on the payload in very low concentrations, i.e. very thin on the surface. Thanks to real-time connection capability, emergency teams can have a constant and clear overview on the situation. The response team can concentrate on communication with stand by vessels and guide the different response teams to a more immediate action rather than spilling time and effort. The monitoring or recovery operation can continue through the night a because of the use of IR (infrared) payloads.
PORTS & HARBORS
See us today about roof inspections and using drones to showcase real estate listings!
The use of UAV/drones in real estate is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry. Aerial videos add a dramatic new perspective to prospective home buyers and allow them to see the neighborhood and surrounding properties. Larger properties, which are more difficult see all at once from street level, can be featured in countless ways from the air at various altitudes.
Residential and commercial inspections are another fast-growing area for using UAV/drones. Small UAVs can reach places where it is either too dangerous, too expensive or unreachable by any other means to detect roofs, gutters and other structures ranging from single family homes to high-rise towers. These inspections include infrared analysis for energy audits, de-lamination and structural integrity.
Photo Credit: Trystan Given, local photographer - Shot using DJI Mavic Drone
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/drones have revolutionized the world of public affairs, advertising and social media. The ability to produce dramatic video and stills from all altitudes and angles provides an entirely new dimension to the world of communications products.
Numerous shots using UAV/drones are not available to conventional shooting – the camera can fly away from the subject point or toward it; it fly laterally at any altitude, giving you multiple options for airborne sliders; it can circle a single point, called point of interest shooting, and from any direction or altitude.
It’s not just aerial video but an entirely new range of creativity open to your team.