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Benefits of Moving from Manual to Digital Infrastructure Inspections using Drones

Friday, 12 January, 2024

When it comes to making infrastructure assessments and inspections, data is king. Throughout the past few years, more and more customers have been transitioning to using drone technology and image sensors to collect data.

According to a recent article in Medium, “Drones can navigate complex and hazardous elements in ways human inspectors cannot. Highly tuned sensors can be used to take images of infrastructure assets and processed using photogrammetry to produce actionable digital twins. These types of technologies allow users to capture assets to the full extent and other essential data that could’ve been missed otherwise.”

Moving from manual to digital infrastructure inspections using drones offers several advantages for a few key reasons:

  1. Cost efficiency: Drones can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, reducing the need for extensive manpower. This can result in significant cost savings compared to traditional manual inspections.
  2. Time savings: Drones can perform inspections much faster than humans, covering large distances and accessing hard-to-reach areas in a shorter time frame. This can lead to quicker identification of issues and faster decision-making.
  3. Safety: Manual inspections often involve sending personnel into potentially hazardous environments. Drones eliminate or reduce the need for human presence in dangerous locations, enhancing safety for inspection teams.
  4. Data accuracy: Drones equipped with advanced sensors and cameras can capture high-resolution images and detailed data. This data is more accurate and reliable than manual observations, leading to better-informed decision-making.
  5. Accessibility: Drones can reach areas that are challenging for humans to access, such as tall structures, rooftops, or remote locations. This ensures a more comprehensive inspection of infrastructure.
  6. Real-time monitoring: Drones provide real-time video feeds and data, allowing for immediate analysis of infrastructure conditions. This timely information enables quick responses to emerging issues.
  7. Environmental impact: Drones have a smaller environmental footprint compared to traditional inspection methods. They use less energy and produce fewer emissions, contributing to a more sustainable approach to infrastructure inspections.
  8. Documentation and reporting: Drones can automatically document the entire inspection process, creating a comprehensive record of the infrastructure’s condition. This documentation can be valuable for compliance purposes and historical reference.
  9. Predictive maintenance: With accurate and timely data, organizations can implement predictive maintenance strategies, addressing potential issues before they become critical. This proactive approach can extend the lifespan of infrastructure and reduce downtime.
  10. Scalability: Drones provide a scalable solution for inspections, allowing organizations to cover large areas or multiple sites efficiently. This scalability is particularly beneficial for industries with extensive infrastructure networks.

Overall, the transition from manual to digital infrastructure inspections using drones offers a transformative shift in efficiency, safety and data quality, ultimately leading to better infrastructure management and decision-making.

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