Carrying out a physical inspection at a busy construction site can be dangerous and may raise various safety concerns. With the use of an industrial drone to carry out inspection works, precise and accurate visual data can be acquired with ease; the data collected can be used for a myriad of purposes.
Conventional building inspection would require the erection of a scaffolding which can be time-consuming, costly, and risky, the use of a drone would eliminate those problems. The drone can fly within proximity to the façade, countless high-resolution images and 4K videos can be captured. Through the transmission of real-time high-resolution imagery, engineers can conduct a building inspection on-site. Hidden structural problems can be discovered in advance, allowing maintenance work to commence at the earliest possible, thus increasing efficiency.
The thermal imaging camera would enhance the efficiency of detection work; it can perform comprehensive data collection. By identifying potential building issues through thermal imaging analysis, faults can be rectified accordingly.
Maintenance inspection on high structures such as towers, roofs and bridges will incur extra costs; there would also be issues of access arrangement and site personnel working at height. The use of a drone for the inspection provides the fastest and easiest solution to acquire details of the structures; the engineer or surveyor on the ground can receive real-time footage during the process.
Through the collection of initial data via still and infrared images and equipped with non-destructive testing devices for an in-depth analysis, drones can be used for cable, bridge, or railway inspection in a variety of ways. It can easily capture high-resolution images and visual data from hard-to-reach areas, such as the underside of bridges and along the beams and girders.
The drone also has the capabilities to re-execute previous flight missions; images from the same area can be collected chronologically and can be used to observe the deterioration, improvement, and changes to the infrastructure. This drone application can also drastically reduce the cost and safety risks associated with conventional bridge inspection through the elimination of the use of heavy machinery.