How could a drone help with a Overhead Powerline Inspection?

Drone flights keep an eye on the infrastructure to make the power flow uninterrupted.

When it comes to the reliability and security of electricity infrastructure, nothing is more critical than regular inspections. Still, they sometimes put the inspector in danger.

It is common for inspectors to climb to great heights in high-voltage towers at risk or fly by an expensive helicopter at low altitudes over power plants, transmission towers, and distribution poles.

As the operation focuses more on ensuring everyone’s safety, it compromises the inspection data quality.

What GIS Drones offer for Overhead Powerline Inspection (OHPL)

Our drones are equipped with ferromagnetic shielding, allowing us to safely inspect power lines and fly within a near perimeter of the line. Using drones for inspections & surveys saves money (by 30-50%), protects workers, and produces higher quality results.

Thermographic imaging allows us to do Powerline Inspections with engineering-level accuracy, which GIS Drones offer as a service to renowned utility companies across the UAE and the Middle East.

GIS Drones also provide geotagged data from aerial assessment for quick decisions in case of emergency. For example, our advanced drone fleet can spot the following.

  • Tower Concrete basement defects
  • Metal Rust
  • Weather Damage
  • Insulator Overheating
  • Electric Wire Joints or Wire Break
  • Guyed Wire Quality
  • Wire Slag Estimation,
  • Overheating, and Breaks
  • Tower Mechanical
  • Defects
  • Wire Installation Check
  • Birds Nests
  • Equipment Check
  • Missing Components (such as bolts)
  • Cracks

What GIS Drones offer for Overhead Powerline Inspection (OHPL)

Affordable Cost

By automating inspections, our drones can reduce labour expenditures and time spent on them by as much as 30-50% when checking assets like electricity lines or cell towers.

High-resolution data

GIS Drones inspections help businesses detect more faults, resulting in fewer power outages and lower repair costs by providing more comprehensive and precise data.

Improvised Efficiency

Our drone inspection is a cost- and time-saver for utility companies. When using a drone, for instance, an inspection of a substation can be finished in under an hour without any downtime.

Why Drones for OverHead Powerline Inspection

It’s a better option than a helicopter.

Helicopters aren’t the best option for checking out electricity lines because of their size and cost. These drawbacks exacerbate working in hazardous settings or places with narrow passages.

Even with a camera on board, analyzing the footage is a laborious manual process. Modern drone payloads include cameras and sensors that make inspection convenient for almost any situation and space.

It ensures workers’ safety

Operators of the nation’s electrical grid confront significant dangers on the job partly due to the difficulty of their work in harsh environments.

T&D World ranks utility line work as one of the top ten most dangerous occupations, with 30-50 fatalities for every 100,000 workers annually. Drone inspection cuts down this risk to almost “zero.”

Sync with the systems

Utility companies often use multiple methods for inspection purposes. The data and information transit across several disconnected systems throughout initial planning to detailed ground crew work orders. Unsynchronized system portfolios make analysis more difficult and time-consuming than it has to be. On the other hand, drones make data collection, processing, and presentation synced and streamlined.

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