Workers Are Increasing The Use Drones In The Utility Industry in 2018

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 Utilities And Energy Sectors

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