A bird’s eye view
The latest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology allows swift, thorough inspections to assess turbines. Drones can be used either as part of routine reporting or for detailed inspections in preparations for rope access teams.
This has many significant health and safety benefits for the technical teams in terms of assuring all anchor points are secure and preparing in advance
for any repair work that will need to be done at height. Here, UAVONIC Ltd, shares the fundamentals of a typical aerial inspection and how wind O&M teams can benefit.
UAVONIC works closely with inspection engineers to give the UAV Operators a good understanding of the wind turbine’s structure. So when on site with a client, pilots can understand the issues most commonly discovered upon inspection and what is required for the inspecting Engineer.
When doing an inspection on a wind farm usually an inspection Engineer from the site would be present with the UAVONIC UAV team. There may be speciﬁc issues he is already aware of that he will want the pilot and camera operator to focus on, but all project plans will look similar consisting of the following scope of work: