by on October 10, 2019
A UCLA student-led study found that drones can be used to determine whether ships are following pollution regulations. The drones could help enforce air pollution requirements by examining ships’ emissions through a sensor package, according to the study, which was published in August. Specifically, the drones would check if cargo ships are burning clean fuel – fuel which has a maximum of 0.1% sulfur concentration. The sensor package is similar in shape to a box, said Anthony Rosas, a recent UCL...
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by on January 3, 2019
A few years ago, sending wind technicians up-tower was the O&M option to conduct turbine tower and blade inspections. Advancements in drone technology or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), however, have turned such labor-intensive maintenance efforts into a more precise, streamlined process. The global wind-turbine inspection drone market is expected to $6 billion in the next five years and by 2024, according to Navigant Research — and for good reasons. Manual turbine inspections are a demandin...
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by on January 2, 2019
Despite recent bad press following the flight disruption at London’s Gatwick Airport Unmanned Aerial Platforms, or drones as they are more commonly called, have a vital role to play in industry. The use of drones, in the oil and gas industry, is growing and the technology is ready to take off in a big way. It offers benefits to oil and gas operations in a numerous ways— safe and efficient maintenance and inspections among them—but the data that UAS technology provides is transforming the industr...
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by on December 19, 2018
More than 54,000 of the 612,677 bridges in the U.S. have at least one key element that is in poor or worse condition, according to a 2018 bridge deficiency report conducted by the Federal Highway Administration. To address the critical need to manage aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers are turning to robotic drones. Researchers from the Michigan Tech Research Institute are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones to view difficult-to-reach locations, compile large sets of da...
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by on December 19, 2018
Skycatch announced its Skycatch High Precision Package (HPP) has been selected by Teck Resources Limited (Teck), Canada’s largest diversified resource company, for aerial drone surveying at a number of Teck’s mining operations. “Customers like Teck are setting new standards in the mining industry by implementing tools that support their mission of increased safety and efficiency. We couldn’t be more proud to assist Teck by helping them reach their admirable goals with the Skycatch solution,” ...
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by on December 7, 2018
Ameren, Black & Veatch, Collins Aerospace Team Passes Key Milestone for Maturing UAS Inspection Technology With thousands of miles of high-voltage lines, Ameren Corp. wanted a better and safer way to monitor its assets spread over rural territories beyond manual or helicopter inspections. The St. Louis-based energy company worked with Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace to identify a solution: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights. The team now has proven they can inspect more mi...
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by on December 7, 2018
Intel has collaborated with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve bridge inspections. The collaboration will supplement manual inspections of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. Throughout the inspections, Intel’s advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software solutions increased efficiency and produced more reliable data in a fraction of the time and cost of t...
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by on December 7, 2018
Can a small flying drone perform an accurate mechanical scan of a 500-foot naval destroyer? The answer to that question is sought in a new collaboration between the Navy and a local company that specializes in using custom-built drones to collect engineering data. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme and Aerial Alchemy in Camarillo recently embarked on a project to research the use of unmanned aerial systems— commonly known as drones—in naval fleet maintenance. Essentially, ...
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by on December 5, 2018
A new project from Intel used drones to map every inch of a bridge–without having to shut down traffic or send workers rappelling off the sides. If you commute over bridges and overpasses each day, there’s a fairly good chance that some of them might need repair (more than 54,000 U.S. bridges are rated “structurally deficient”). As the country’s infrastructure ages, bridge inspections get even more important, but the work is expensive, time-consuming, and dangerous, requiring engineers to ra...
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by on November 27, 2018
The UAV inspection industry continues to grow, as evidenced by these case studies of end-user application, presented in a free webinar available to readers of GPS World. As unmanned systems follow precise flight paths to gather data needed for missions in — to cite just a few examples — insurance, mining, construction and the pulp paper industry, they drastically reduce project time, workload and costs. Narratives of how these tasks and other inspections are performed, and the requirements an...
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by on November 13, 2018
Autonomous indoor inspection drone startup Flyability SA today said it has raised $11 million in new funding to increase production, expand its partner network and hike increase research and development. The Series B round was co-led by ETF Partners and Swisscom Ventures with Dow Chemical Co., GoBeyond and MKS (Switzerland) SA also participating. Founded in 2014, Flyability is designing autonomous drones that can be used for visual inspections of confined spaces. Targeted at disrupting how...
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by on November 13, 2018
Siemens has announced “SIEAERO” at the European Utility Week 2018 in Vienna, Austria. Touted as next generation overhead line inspection, it’s the first system that will make use of artificial intelligence (AI) and a long-range UAV. Siemens says SIEAERO leverages smart analytics software, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to store, manage and analyze all data into one integrated system. Apart from decreasing the number of flights and inspection efforts drastically, this techno...
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