Inspections in the utility sector
Drones can be a powerful tool for companies in the utility sector. One of the most important aspects of utilities are the lines that network out into the community providing power, telephone service and more. These lines are not only vital to the success of delivering the services to the public, but they are also very fragile being exposed to the weather and elements. A downed powerline can cause problems that reverberate throughout the system. Loss of revenue and the potential for a decline in customer-base can exacerbate these issues even more. The good news is that all of this can be prevented by using our services.The drone inspections we provide can be used to check for potential issues, identify current powerline issues, and help in maintenance when it comes to vegetation.
Benefits of Drone Powerline Inspections
Drones make it possible to easily fly along the power lines and take imagery of any damage or potential issues. This means that linemen can stay safely on the ground while the drone operator evaluates the lines. Once a problem is found, the lineman is able to repair it without having to go up unnecessarily. Hotspots and other powerline issues can be identified when a thermal camera is used. The thermal camera features will allow these areas to shine brighter than the surrounding area where heat is being lost or overly concentrated. Addressing these issues now rather than later can help protect the health of the system. Allowing them to continue unchecked can end up making the final cost of repair more expensive than it would’ve been if addressed early on.
Vegetation Mapping Around Powerlines
Vegetation that’s not taken care of in a timely fashion can be a danger for the lines and the surrounding community. Traditional vegetation mapping methods often require sending a crew of employees to visually inspect all of the lines in a particular region to determine how much vegetation has grown in the area surrounding the lines. Drones can use LIDAR scanners and photogrammetry to determine how close the vegetation is to the powerlines. This information can then be used to create a plan of which vegetation needs to be cut right away so that it doesn’t interfere with the lines.