Since 2016, the use of drones for commercial purposes has taken the United States by storm. Drones have particularly shown great potential for
growth within the utility industry. Indeed, more utility companies are starting to use utility inspection drones to monitor and maintain their infrastructure.
The potential benefits of using drones within the utility industry are also significant. So far, experts associate drone use within the utility industry with advantages such as;
- Cost savings
- Improved staff safety
- Enhanced predictive maintenance
- Increased situational awareness of utilities
- Improved efficiency and effectiveness in operations
Experts warn that to see these benefits, utility companies must perceive drones as opportunities rather than disruptors. Nonetheless, the legal framework of drones will also determine how utilities use them.
Given the relative infancy of utility drones, constant changes and developments are inevitable. This article will highlight some of … Read the rest
The use of drones in mining has taken off in recent years. Companies have long understood the potential of these devices in the mines for many applications. In fact, mining operators across North America, Africa, Australia, and France have used drones in some capacity since 2014.
Now, modern technology takes these capabilities even further. Many mines across the world benefit from drone operators across their land and quarries. More will soon see the potential of underground drones in tunnels.
What roles allow these drones to become such an essential part of mining these days?
- The ability to explore further in a given landscape and survey for new opportunities.
- The ability to monitor stockpiles of materials and determine quantities
- The ability to work on environmental management
- The ability to survey for damage and faults in dangerous areas.
- Collecting information on
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Drones have become so popular in recent years that pretty much anyone can get their hands on one and fly it. This is great for all the hobbyists, videographers, survey teams, and other operators ready to use these UAVs to their advantages.
The problem is that not everyone is happy with drones. They are fine out in the field, carrying out important work away from built-up areas. Attitudes change when they come close to people and property, especially when those drones have cameras onboard.
There are calls for tighter laws on the privacy issues surrounding the use of drones for monitoring. However, this is not a straight forward task.… Read the rest
People often take our power lines for granted. They enjoy the electricity that comes through outlets and powers their homes, but no one ever thinks where it comes from. That is until something goes wrong with the line and the power supply becomes compromised, or worse, lost completely.
Energy companies employ maintenance men and expect to look after these lines and ensure that everything runs smoothly. This means clearing away rubbish and dealing with faults.
The rise of drones changed all that as operators could send these UAVs up into the skies for a better view of the area and potential problems. Now, a company in China has gone a step further.… Read the rest
For a long time, gaps in drone regulation had stonewalled the ability of utilities to use drones for certain applications. All this changed in 2016 when the Federal Aviation Administration issued new regulations paving the way for the use of drones in utilities.
While the new rules are only applicable for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, the FAA gives the option for people/firms to apply for a waiver to this limitation as long as they can operate the drone safely and under the terms of the exception. It is this option that provides utilities with endless possibilities of incorporating unmanned aerial systems (UAS).… Read the rest
Drone technology began in the military but has since moved to the public market for many applications.
The drones are used for home insurance claim inspections to survey the exterior damage. The drone’s camera can see if there was bad wind storm damage to the roof, windows, and garage doors. Once the claim is paid the homeowners can start repairing the garage doors on GarageDoorRepair123.com. The claims adjuster can see multiple properties in a short amount of time.
Also, for residential construction site inspections, a drone flies easily and quickly over the site. Other uses are photography & videography for realtors, the news, or social functions, search & rescue missions, and crop & livestock surveillance in agriculture. Amazon even started testing drones for product delivery!
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As companies within multiple industries begin to realize the true potential of UAVs, these drones are evolving from luxury tools to necessary parts of a team.
One of the industries where this is being seen most clearly is mining – more specifically open-cast mining.
The use of drones in mining has proved to be the ideal way of discovering new areas of interest and a vital tool in the extraction process.
Vast areas can now be covered in a short space of time and new data can be made available, both of which is more vital than ever now that raw materials are in short supply and high demand.
Open-cast mining and oil production are both benefiting from the use of UAVs
As new mining sites become harder and harder to find, due to both their scarcity … Read the rest
UAV’s On Construction Sites
The use of drones in construction is set to grow as legislation eases and more benefits are discovered.
For some, drones just provide a great form of aerial photography to get a bird’s eye view on a project, for others, the additional 3D scanners and cloud software mean more accurate mapping and effective communication of ideas.
Another advantage of using UAVs that cannot be overlooked is safety. With the right equipment and practices, site safety records could improve.
Identifying problems before workers put themselves at risk
The most obvious safety aspect about using a drone in these situations is that they can be used to fly into areas that may not be safe for site workers.
If there are concerns about an area that may pose a safety risk and site managers require a close-up … Read the rest
Drones In Mining
Drones are often seen as a revolutionary or futuristic tool that will soon become the norm in a number of industries.
What some people fail to realize is that drones, or UAVs, are already an important tool in certain industries. Mining, for example, has long seen the potential of adding a fleet of these unmanned vehicles to their arsenal.
They not only provide great data collection equipment and save a lot of time and money, they also help to improve safety.
Canadian miners are now turning to drones such as the eBee
This is certainly the case in Canada, where the mining industry takes a whole of vast areas of the often treacherous landscape.
Here companies, such as GroundTruth Exploration in Dawson City, have looked into the use of drones for mining for many years and … Read the rest
Drones In Construction Processes
As the number of jobs that drones can do for us expands at a fast pace, it is becoming increasingly clear that these UAVs have the potential to be more than just a toy or an aide for basic photography and delivery systems.
The more that companies test out the capabilities of these unmanned vehicles, the more they learn about their potential.
This is certainly the case in industries such as mining, land management, farming, and construction.
Drones are providing new information and new solutions to problems to increase the effectiveness of a project and even make work sites safer.
In the UK, Crossrail has been working on a project of their own to test the potential of drones in the expansion of the rail network. That project is Innovate18.
What is the aim of
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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles/UAVs, have been gradually making their way into more and more industries as their true potential is explored.
Drones prove a unique, real-time view of an area, something that was once unachievable, and this is now being used to great effect in farming, agriculture, and environmental research.
With these tools, environmentalists and farmers can track the growth of a crop, the movements of a herd and important environmental concerns, all from a safe, convenient spot.
The use of drones in environmental monitoring starts in agriculture
Drones have been used by farmers for a while now, as they are increasingly seen as the ideal tool for monitoring large areas of land.
The best way to gain a better insight into the health and success of farming field is from the air, and these unmanned … Read the rest
Environmental Remediation And Landfill Management
The job of managing and maintaining a landfill site is a difficult one that requires constant planning inspection, reporting and readjusting in order to best make use of the area.
As this can be a time-consuming venture with a lot of hard work and careful collaboration, it helps to be able to use the very best tools and software to improve performance.
In May 2015, GIS became involved in a government-funded project to determine the potential of drones and cloud software in the maintenance of these landfill sites.
The efforts are currently one year into a 2 year period, but some interesting lessons are already being learned.
The use of drones in environmental remediation has great potential and GIS aimed to prove this
Drone mapping helps site managers by providing plenty of up-to-date data on … Read the rest
Drones To Wash Windows
Window cleaning is a job that nobody enjoys because it can be so difficult to not only achieve a sparkling result but to also reach all the windows of a home or tall office building in a safe manner.
Calling on a professional cleaning service is the way to go for many office buildings and apartment blocks, but even then these cleaners can struggle with windows on the highest floors.
One solution for homeowners that wants to do things themselves is to use a window cleaning robot.
The idea of using drones for cleaning sites is becoming much more popular
Cleaning robots and drones have started to prove their worth in recent years, as developers create models that are more capable of carrying out a decent job with minimal interference from the human operator.
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Photogrammetry And LiDAR Mapping
The use of land surveying drones in industries such as mining and construction is still limited, as developments clash with legislation, but there is no doubt that these UAVs can have a big impact on the workflow, efficiency and cost-management of that company.
There are many benefits to be gained from using GPS-equipped drones with the capability to offer photogrammetry and LiDAR mapping.
Before companies can do so, they must first get a better understanding of what this technology is, what it can offer within their industry and the options available.
The term photogrammetry is one that many people will not have come across because it is a very specialised science. It is, however, something that many industries can take full advantage of.
It is all about making measurements and scale representations from photographs. … Read the rest
Land Surveying Techniques
The potential of drones in the industry is being felt by a number of sectors, as developers discover new ways to use these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to improve the way they do business.
This is also true of land surveyors, particularly those working with oil and gas companies who need quick access to detailed data on large stretches of land.
How do you survey the land with a drone?
The basic principles of flying a drone remain the same no matter where they are deployed – you start it up, fly it to the desired location, use the tools and camera to achieve the data you need and bring it into the land.
In land surveying, this means launching a drone above the area that needs to be monitored, creating images of the landscape with … Read the rest
Drones in utilities
The Electric Power Research Institute has been looking into the prospects of using drones in power line management.
In October 2015, the research institute held a three-day workshop with different utility companies to discuss the options available.
By using simple drones, nothing more than a small helicopter model with a few sensors and a camera, they were able to carry out a safe, clear inspection of lines at a hydroelectric plant in the Catskill Mountains. This type of drone work is also used in farming and land surveying to gather aerial data.
This sounds great for technological progress in the industry but while there are potential benefits, there are also obstacles.
There are clear advantages to using drones in this line of work
The benefits of using drones in this capacity are clear – these simple machines … Read the rest