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Drones for inspection purposes

Inspections especially in the field of structural and civil engineering or also in the industrial sector are usually associated with high costs. This is because surveying hard-to-reach sites involves extensive planning and an equally large amount of risk.
The solution: drones replace all inspection procedures at enormously low cost. They are flexible and can be used inside as well as outside. The most important thing is that human lives are not put in danger. There are even drones developed explicitly for tunnel surveys and construction site documentation that provide highly reliable data. Various manufacturers deal with this issue.

Drones in indoor inspection flights in industrial and plant construction

Nowadays, inspecting sprawling industrial facilities with hard-to-reach locations doesn’t have to be complicated and costly. There are professional drones designed specifically for this purpose. Among others, the Enterprise series from the manufacturer DJI for inspection purposes.
The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise series focuses on handy, commercial drones at the highest level. They have a compact shape, can be carried with one hand and are ready for immediate use. The drone is also suitable for longer inspection flights, because the flight time can be up to 45 minutes. New to the lineup is the Mavic 3 T Enterprise, where “T” stands for thermal imaging camera.

Mavic 3 T Enterprise

The Mavic 3 T Enterprise is designed to meet the specific needs of inspection flights, firefighting, search and rescue, and night operations. It features the same zoom camera as the Mavic 3E. That is: over 48 megapixels, a ½ inch CMOS image sensor and a thermal imaging camera – field of view (DFOV) of 61° and an equivalent focal length of 40 mm – resolution of 640 x 512 px.

The Mavic 3 T supports point and area temperature measurements as well as high temperature warnings, isotherms and color palettes with the thermal imaging camera. The innovative and robust cage design makes it collision resistant in all environments, even in the most challenging conditions.
Revolution in documentation capabilities

Whether in industry, architecture, agriculture or forestry, in the construction industry or for the preservation of monuments – drones are the documentation tool of the future. With 3D laser scanning, complex geometries can be captured in high resolution using drones. This records the complete documentation of the ACTUAL state. Drones will also be important for measurements and terrain analysis in the future. But drones are also already being used in the agricultural sector to document farmland. The growth condition of the cultivated plants can be examined and, for example, disease patterns or pest infestations can be detected at an early stage.

Conclusion – Drones for inspection and documentation

The area of documentation, damage assessment and inspection has always been associated with high costs in the past. Especially for hard-to-reach areas, specialists always had to get to work to determine the actual condition precisely. In the process, these people also put themselves in great danger.

Drones provide a reliable remedy for this. They are developing at a rapid pace and more and more industries are finding reasons for using them, where drones make everyday work much easier. Basically, the fascination with drones is growing exponentially, as they are changing the world of work in a positive way, making all work steps more efficient and much safer.

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