As a matter of public safety, bridges and tunnels, like any other type of infrastructure, need to be closely monitored and examined according to applicable industrial standards in order to identify actual or potential hazards, faults, damages, or other issues that might cause a bridge or tunnel to fall into a state of disrepair. Failing to do so may lead to undesirable accidents as well as prolonged, costly litigation driven by claims of negligence. Traditional infrastructure inspection methods of bridges and tunnels have include aerial work platforms (AWP), or under-bridge inspection vehicles, ladders or rope access. Traditional infrastructure inspection methods of bridges and tunnels can frequently lead to inconvenient road closures. For various reasons, traditional methods of infrastructure inspection have proven to be costly, and unsafe. Today, Skynex Industrial Drones offers a rich and diverse of first-class industrial drones/UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) capable of conducting bridge and/or tunnel inspections in a safe, time-efficient, and cost-effective manner, often without road closures or other shutdowns. While considering the purchase various options available in regards to bridge and tunnel inspection drones, users will want to pay specific attention to the following features and characteristics of their drone/UAV:
Key Drone/UAV Features & Characteristics: Infrastructure Inspections
Battery Time: proper infrastructure inspections of bridges and tunnels needs to be conducting in a thorough and conspicuous manner. Buyers will want to ensure their industrial solution offers prolonged flight times (over 25 minutes). Alternatively, buyers will want to consider buying several backup drone batteries to ensure the drone offers sufficient action time to conducting a bridge or tunnel inspection from start to finish.
Control Distance: depending on the features and characteristics of the bridge or tunnel to be inspected, buyers will want to ensure the drone(s)/UAVs they choose for the purpose of conducting the infrastructure inspection has a sufficient control range that is fit for the type of inspection for which the drone(s)/UAV(s) is being purchased. Generally, industrial-grade drones offer minimum control ranges of 1 km.
Fail-Safe Features: as purchasing one or more industrial-grade drones/UAVs can represent a significant investment, buyers looking to invest in their own autonomous fleet of drones/UAVs will want to consider whether their choice of drone/UAV contains "fail-safe" flight features, either for low-battery or weak transmission signal. The first fail-sale flight feature will cause the drone to autonomously return home when battery levels become low. The second fail-sale feature ensures the drone/UAV remains within a flight zone where the transmission signal from drone to ground control remains sufficiently high for a smooth flight. Both these fail-safe features can play a significant role in protecting the value of your industrial drone/UAV investment.
Smart Autonomous Flight Modes: most industrial drones/UAVs feature smart/autonomous flights modes. The best example of such a drone/UAV feature would include way-point flight trajectory planning, whereby a user can pre-program various flight points prior to the drone/UAV's take-off. Once programmed, and after take-off, the drone will fly itself autonomously to the designed flight points. This and other similar smart flight modes allows the drone pilot to focus on the infrastructure inspection (.e.g bridge or tunnel), while the drone controls itself autonomously. Buyers will want to consider all the smart flight modes featured on a drone/UAV before finalizing their purchasing decision.
4K Ultra-High Definition Camera Capability: while most industrial inspection drones are compatible with 4K ultra-high definition drone camera equipment, buyers will want to confirm that their choice of industrial inspection drone does in fact come with superior, professional, 4K ultra-high definition (4K UHD) camera capability. Indeed, the drone's camera will be the primary instrument used for conducting the bridge or tunnel inspection. Having ultra-high definition pictures will facilitate a safe, thorough, and reliable bridge or tunnel inspection. Buyers may also want to verify that their drone camera comes with a powerful zoom function that will allow them to hone in on millimetre-close infrastructure faults.
BENEFITS OF DRONES AS A SOLUTION FOR BRIDGE & TUNNEL INSPECTIONS
Skynex Industrial Drones offer a variety of advantages and benefits for conducting infrastructure inspections, including bridges and tunnels. Drones/UAVs available for purchase allow for bridge and tunnels to be inspected remotely and safely, without the need for staff members or other workers to be at the location of the tunnel or bridge. Industrial UAVs/Drones for sale at Skynex Industrial Drones offer long control ranges, as well as prolonged flight times, making it possible to conduct bridge and tunnel inspections in a time-efficient manner. Advanced flight and navigation features, notably fail-safe features (low battery or weak signal), further provide a safe and reliable method of conducting bridge and tunnel drone inspections. Autonomous flight modes, such as waypoint flighttrajectory planning whereby users can pre-program the drone's flight path, further allow users to focus on conducting the bridge or tunnel inspection while the drone/UAV flies itself according to the pre-programmed flight trajectory. Ultra-High Definition (UHD) aerial drone camera allows users to gather highly detailed, accurate, precise, and reliable data/information for further decision-making regarding a tunnel or bridge.
Safe: unmanned solutions present less risk than manned solutions to flare stack inspections.
Efficient: Drones significantly improve the time-efficiency of flare stack inspections.
Precise Data collected by industrial-grade UAVs/UASs is highly precise and accurate.
Convenient: drones can be deployed more easily and frequently, with little preparation and staff.
INVESTING IN A PRIVATE FLEET OF BRIDGE & TUNNEL INSPECTIONS DRONES
Investing in your own autonomous fleet of industrial drones to conduct bridge and/or tunnel inspections offers many important benefits and advantages relative to the alternative of hiring third party drone operator services. It should first be noted that industrial drones/UAVs suitable for bridge and/or tunnel inspections tend to be equipped with highly sophisticated flight and navigation systems that significantly enhance an industrial drone's user-friendliness. Examples would include infrared obstacle avoidance sensors, where the drone/UAV steers itself clear from any hazardous objects in its flight path, a feature that is particularly useful when conducting inspections on bridges or tunnels. Many industrial drones/UAVs that are suitable for bridge and tunnel inspections also feature fail-safeflight features, whereby the drone/UAV will steer itself clear from flight zones with low or insufficient signal transmission, or where the drone will fly itself home when battery levels are too low. Another autonomous flight mode that enhances the user-friendliness of industrial inspection drones include waypoint flight trajectory, whereby a flight trajectory can be pre-planned for the drone to follow autonomously. Certain drones are capable of re-calling previous flight trajectories, making it easier to conduct future bridge and/or tunnel inspections. Industrial drones capable of conducting bridge and tunnel inspections can easily be deployed to conduct a variety of other infrastructure or other industrial inspections or monitoring, whether it be road and/or highway inspections, railway inspections, waterway inspections, or even traffic surveillance.
ROI: save hundreds of thousands of dollars in aerial bridge and tunnel inspections.
Versatile: deploy your indsutrial UAV/drone for other infrastructure drone/UAV inspections.
Convenient: conduct tunnel and/or bridge inspections as frequently as is necessary.
Customized: conduct drone inspections of tunnels or bridges according to your own requirements.