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UAV images show inspection action

October 16, 2018  - By
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The UAV inspection industry continues to grow, as evidenced by these photos of actual end-user application. Unmanned systems follow precise flight paths to gather the data needed for inspection missions in the fields of insurance (home roof inspection), mining, construction and the pulp paper industry.

Kespry drone inspecting damaged roof for insurance claim. (photo Nathan Stump/Kestry)

Kespry drone inspecting damaged roof for insurance claim. (Photo: Nathan Stump/Kespry)

A free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 25 will show more of these applications and cover the requirements and challenges for positioning technology in commercial applications in urban and remote areas, including those generated by concerns about interference and spoofing.

In the free webinar, attendees will learn:

  • Latest trends and challenges for drone-based aerial intelligence platforms for insurance and roofing applications
  • GNSS technology requirements for safe UAV BVLOS operations and a view of the regulatory frameworks
  • Importance of UAS traffic management systems (UTM)
  • Use cases in linear infrastructure inspection (railways, roads, power lines and others)
  • Challenges for GNSS systems in autonomous aerial vehicles and growing concerns about safety
  • Robustness of multi-GNSS receivers to jamming and spoofing
  • Latest innovation in GNSS technology concerning inspection applications and real-time accuracy/reliability
Earthworks contractors use this drone technology to perform detailed topographic surveys of project sites throughout all phases of construction. The new survey tool is reducing costs and time, allowing earthworks contractors to increase their profitability and ensure project success. (photo Paul Ross/Kespry)

Earthworks contractors use this drone technology to perform detailed topographic surveys of project sites throughout all phases of construction. The new survey tool is reducing costs and time, allowing earthworks contractors to increase their profitability and ensure project success. (Photo: Paul Ross/Kespry)

In addition to a tailored application for roof inspections, targeted at insurance companies, UAV manufacturer Kespry provides a complete solution for construction and engineering companies to manage proposed and active earthwork operations. Without using multiple, cumbersome ground control points, survey-grade field data can be collected for an entire site in as little as 30 minutes.

In the webinar,  attendees will learn how drone technology is being used to:

  1. Validate proposed earthwork – reduce rework and extra earthmoving costs before the job begins
  2. Safely measure earthwork activity – ensure subcontractor work and delivered material are constantly measured
  3. Perform regular earthwork progress topos – accurately document completed grading and drainage phases

Further application examples in construction projects will show how drones are providing construction companies with a new method for accurate survey work throughout their entire worksite that can:

Tablet software for UAV inspection enables 1-hour claim filing (Photo: Nathan Stump/Kespry)

  • Reduce up to 20 percent of total project costs by eliminating rework through regular cut and fill analysis of drone data
  • Eliminate up to 10 percent of earth moving costs through more accurate volumetric analysis
  • Perform more frequent surveys in-house with drones, reducing traditional survey equipment and service costs.
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Kespry provides a complete solution for construction and engineering companies to better manage proposed and active earthwork operations. Without using multiple, cumbersome ground control points, survey-grade field data can be collected for an entire site in as little as 30 minutes. (Photo: Nathan Stump/Kespry)

In the first example show above, insurance claims for roof damage, the fully-autonomous system improves safety, reduces loss adjustment expenses, and delivers more accurate risk assessments, while reducing overall costs. For commercial property, the UAV solution helps prevent losses and informs underwriting decisions with high-resolution aerial and thermal imagery to identify exposures. Accurate, unbiased reports are easily prepared and shared with all parties. Mobile tools are provided to review inspection quality imagery within minutes of flight; artificial intelligence (AI) technology generates fully-dimensioned wireframes and 3D roof models

Drones for the pulp and paper industry
The drone and analytics platform enables companies to improve profitability through quick, cost-effective, and accurate surveying of chip and roundwood sites.

UAV applications in pulp and paper industry will be demo'd in the Oct 25 webinar (photo Jason Nichols/Kestry)

UAV applications in pulp and paper industry will be demo’d in the Oct 25 webinar (Photo: Jason Nichols/Kespry)

Kespry enables production plant and production managers to analyze stockpile inventories, better manage supply chain activity, and improve site operations — maximizing profitability across production and supply chain operations.

The company also supplies a drone-based AI platform for the aggregates and mining industry supplies accurate inventory management and mine planning. It will be demonstrated in the free October 25 webinar.

 

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Alan Cameron is the former editor-at-large of GPS World magazine.

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