Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) / Drone Inspection
Quest Integrity’s inspection robotics team is made up of licensed drone pilots that are fully certified technicians. With their advanced inspection knowledge, they deploy drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to perform aerial NDT inspections, mapping, surveying and modeling to acquire high resolution imagery and comprehensive data.
By utilizing drones, our inspectors can safely reach and study locations that are normally difficult to access including large or tall structures, as well as assets with confined spaces. Previous options for visually assessing a location hundreds of feet high were limited; either have a rope access technician descend from above or send a visual inspector up on a crane. Drone technology now affords a faster, safer and more convenient alternative.
Our inspection technicians are certified to FAA Part 107 and the American Society of Indoor Professional Pilots (ASIPP) to safely inspect areas in both GPS enabled and GPS denied environments. Quest Integrity’s inter-disciplinary approach of licensing our certified technicians to operate our drones equates to an enhanced focus on collecting the most crucial data for actionable insights.
Explore the features of UAS Inspection
- Improves safety by keeping technicians out of hazardous environments and scenarios
- Enables access to difficult to reach areas by using robotics that have a much smaller and nimbler footprint
- Enhances data by enabling access to otherwise inaccessible areas to be inspected
- Reduces man hours as only requires pilot and camera operator
- Creates digital alignment to the physical space and processes
- Saves time by accelerating the process of conducting analysis
- Reduces costs compared to traditional inspection methods
- Outdoor Visual Inspection
Utilizing drones for outdoor visual inspection purposes enables operations and production to continue uninterrupted. Flaws, wear or blockages can be detected utilizing high-resolution imaging.
- Indoor/ Underground Inspection
Indoor drones are also a safe way to conduct underground exploration, enabling unprecedented access within no-go-zones without exposing technicians to hazardous conditions.
Drones are equipped with obstacle avoidance capabilities and can navigate very close structures, allowing them to capture minute details for precise mapping. They can take high-resolution images or video that clearly show cracks, damage, misplaced wires and other defects at elevations and angles that humans cannot access or maneuver. This allows for collection of more comprehensive data without exposing the inspection team to risks.
- Confined Space Inspections
Accessing and inspecting the confined spaces can be challenging. You no longer have to send personnel into unsafe areas or dangerous confined spaces. Drones are small enough and nimble enough to easily navigate and operate safely in a wide range of confined spaces while performing the inspection at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.
- Thermal Imaging
Drone thermal imaging can be used to detect an area that may be prone to malfunction in the future. It is a technique that can detect leaks, faulty structures and energy loss in the fraction of the time it would take to manually inspect a property.
- 2D/3D Modeling
Drones capture detailed photos of a large area, allowing you to identify obstacles and take advantage of geo-spatial data for comprehensive 2D/3D Modeling.
Following each drone inspection, our clients receive a detailed report and deliverables including:
- Inspection reports
- Infrared and thermal images
- High definition videos
- High resolution pictures
- Point cloud data
- DSM, DTM or DEM files
Results are present in a clear and organized manner.