ABS Group, a leading provider of technical inspection and verification services to the global power and wind energy industries, has signed an agreement with DroneView Technologies to deliver joint aerial wind turbine and equipment inspections utilizing sophisticated drone technology as a cost-effective solution. As an advanced technology, drones provide a data-driven alternative to traditional inspections of aerial wind turbine blades at hazardous heights, which will drive safer, more efficient wind farm operations.
"Drone wind turbine inspections are a game changing solution for the wind industry, providing safer inspection techniques, faster turnaround times, lower operations and maintenance costs and improved reliability," says Ted Hofbauer, ABS Group Director of Renewables Business Development. "These inspections are ideal for maintenance and especially for emergency situations in which climbing is not possible," adds Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies.
The reliability and efficiency of wind turbines can be negatively affected by the condition of the equipment, which can experience wear and tear, fouling, erosion and lightning strikes. "Current practices for inspections of blades have been made by climbing crews, which can be high-risk, costly and time consuming," Hofbauer explains. "Our agreement with DroneView Technologies combines ABS Group's global inspection capabilities and experience working with innovative technologies with next-generation digital tools to deliver a safer, lower cost solution for more efficient inspection of wind turbine blades. In addition, the continued development of this innovative technology allows the use of multiple sensors and devices, which are able to perform a multitude of capabilities."
Potential damage to wind farm equipment will be surveyed using a drone controlled by a certified, licensed operator. The drone is capable of producing high-resolution photos and/or videos, which will be analyzed by an ABS Group wind turbine specialist. Based on the analysis, recommendations for operation and/or repair will be reported to the wind farm operator. The data computed by the drone and transmitted in real time to the operator can be stored in a maintenance archive of valuable data for future reference.
About DroneView Technologies
DroneView Technologies (www.droneviewtech.com) is a leading drone services company that works with enterprise customers throughout the United States - collecting, processing and extracting real value out of aerial data. The company focuses on commercial applications and photogrammetry where the benefits of using drones and piloted aircraft to collect and process aerial image/video data yields discernible value, namely Quicker, Safer, More Accurate and Lower Cost, in the areas of:
- Stockpile Volumetric Measurement
- Aerial Mapping, Topography and 3D Modeling
- Inspection and Asset Monitoring: Wind Turbine, Cell Tower
About ABS Group
ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (www.abs-group.com), through its operating subsidiaries, provides a range of technical solutions to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in a number of industries: marine and offshore; oil, gas and chemical; energy and power; government, transportation and others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 2,000 professionals in over 30 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.
Consistency and reliability comes from practice and proven processes, not luck and haphazard chance. As drones are becoming more and more popular and accessible, the FAA is quickly responding and attempting to provide appropriate regulations to allow for the emergence of a proper commercial drone marketplace while concurrently providing reasonable rules to ensure safety both in the sky and for people and property on the ground.
Understanding and following the FAA rules and regulations is just the beginning. DroneView Technologies believes that safety and responsible operations are our utmost priority. To operate drones commercially requires the mastery of many skills and necessitates getting many little things right - all the time. With thousands of flights under our belt, we have developed and documented operational standards and “best practices” that we consistently follow each and every time that we go out to fly.
These checklists cover each phase of an operation - from (i) pre mobilization, making sure that we have everything required for the mission (plus backups), through (ii) preflight, (iii) during flight and (iv) post flight. We refine these lists as needed and follow them each and every time we mobilize to a job.
Skyward’s recent webinar “Building a Drone Business: Commercial Operators Share Pro Tips & Expert Advice” highlights the use and value of checklists in the drone industry.
Checklists are not new. Pilots and others have used them for many years and they have proven to work. As the commercial drone industry is taking shape we believe they are a critical tool to help ensure consistent, safe and reliable operations, each and every time.
For more information, contact DroneView Technologies. Aerial Data Acquisition and Processing: Full Service. Trusted Solutions.