About Wind Turbines
As the Blades turn…
Using Drone Technology, turbines can be examined with greater speed and accuracy, saving time, money and manpower.
Currently, drone inspections can cover up to 10 or 12 turbines daily. Reviewing each blade can take between four to nine minutes. This compares to a manual inspection rate of 2-5 turbines a day. A two person drone team, including a pilot and a data analysis technician is typically 20% to 25% of the cost of manual inspections.
ThermalCam Technicians are one of a handful of Certified Thermal Aerial technicians in North America. That means your NDT and preventive maintenance are being reviewed and completed by trained surveyors using state of the art equipment. The finished reports are timely and structured to your company's operations.
During a survey, the drone can be deployed easily with its height and camera angles adjusted remotely as required for that particular inspection. The resulting 360° panoramic video renders a plan view of the site, as well as the sites access routes. All this is captured within a few minutes.
Video feeds are rendered and can be sent to design engineers back in the office for review and analysis. This eliminates the need to rent MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) or get permits to set up on road sides, in forests or other areas as needed.
Digital photographic aerial and thermal data can identify turbine issues such as delamination, surface damage, cracking and spauling.
High resolution video is just one output. Pix4D and Raptor Maps collect valuable data which can be converted into high definition maps and models. This allows design iterations to be faster and more responsive to the conditions reported.
Crews and engineers can now spend their time on the turbines that need their attention repairing specific damage or simplifying change outs.
Drone inspections allow personnel to remain on the ground in all weather and could reduce downtime because drones can respond faster and are easier to dispatch.
Moreover, drone inspections can be carried out more frequently, allowing operators to detect damage earlier and potentially lower repair costs.