Aerial Drone Inspections
United Utility’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Inspections as a Service is the future of Transmission and Distribution Inspection for utilities that will greatly improve safety, efficiency, and cost. In the past, these inspections were performed manually by linemen, or other experienced line persons, which historically required expensive labor charges due to needing to be on-site climbing or using bucket trucks where accessible but can still hit roadblocks due to excessive vegetation. On the extreme, helicopters are used, which can cost upwards of $10,000/hour.
UU’s experienced survey technicians bypass all these obstacles with the use of Aerial platforms (Drones) with a variety of sensors to accomplish thermography and visual inspections of all structures while maintaining a safe distance from the assets and capturing a view of the structures generally not able to be seen from ground crews. Utilizing drone technology, we are able to get the inspections completed faster with fewer obstacles:
- No time wasted walking/driving back and forth to assets
- Safer – no live person near the energized lines
- More efficient – no need to de-energize lines
- High quality
Our experience ranges from transmission and distribution inspections, solar panel inspections, solar farm site mapping, wind turbines (On and off-shore) and LiDAR applications for accurate measurements and permitting requirements.
Electrical equipment gets hot prior to failure, and identifying trouble spots early prevents failures and reduces the cost of maintenance and repairs. United Utility provides reports on potential or emergent problems quickly and accurately using an infrared thermographer or drone, without using bucket trucks and full crews.
- Rapid and wide-spread data collection
- Identify issues with small, out-of-reach components
- More efficient project planning
- Detailed reporting & documentation