Drone technology for proactive infrastructure management and structure inspection
Any structure exposed to the environment requires regular inspection. Buildings, powerlines, cell towers, windmills, railroads, smokestacks, and bridges all require inspection for water infiltration and deterioration, to detect and correct problems before they become dangerous and costly.
Until now, structure inspection often involved climbing structures or erecting scaffolding. Inspections were time-consuming, costly, and dangerous. Often, the process requires machinery to be shut down, resulting in significant financial implications.
Drones make structure inspection safe and cost effective. Our pilots deliver views of elevated structural components to your engineers, while everyone remains safely on terra firma. Often, we can use drones to access views that were completely inaccessible by conventional means.
We can deploy to your site quickly, and often deliver results in real-time. The dramatic cost savings and improved safety mean that you can do drone structure inspections on a more frequent basis, which results in long-term net savings in maintenance.
Ahead Air uses drones that have been modified to allow stable flight close to structures, which can be problematic with some UAVs. We can capture FLIR and infrared imagery, in addition to visible light images, to detect and pinpoint problems that are invisible to the naked eye.