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  • 1.  UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hey everyone.

    just touching base to see whom is using drones at the moment to help improve safety and provide capability support?

    thanks,

    Joe

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    Joe Bryant
    Mirragin Unmanned Systems
    Brisbane
    Australia
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  • 2.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 11 days ago
    We've used drone inspections for a variety of purposes, varying from internal (large) boiler inspections, in order to define the "hot-spots" where changes can be found so scaffolding is needed (saving time in comparison to the old school putting scaffolds where- ever something might be happening) as well as chimney inspections (has been done particulary in Australia).
    So the variety of applications is huge. Benefits can be harvested if the approach is well defined and based on the principles of effective condition monitoring, thereby enabling (particularly safety-related) decision making on repair, renewal or mitigation/modification (for instance applying protective coatings).
    I hope this helps.
    Rgds.
    Geert Henk

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    Geert Henk Wijnants
    Principal Consultant

    Stork Asset Management Technology
    Van Deventerlaan 121, 3528 AG Utrecht
    P.O. Box 2776, 3500 GT, Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Mobile: +31 (0)6 13357246
    Email: geerthenk.wijnants@stork.com
    Website: www.stork.comNetherlands
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  • 3.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Joe,

    Safer, more cost effective and more detailed bridge inspections is possible with drones.

    At our municipality, we have 393 bridges that fall under the City's responsibility, and they range from signature bridges over the North Saskatchewan River (~220 meters wide) to timber pedestrian bridges in communities.

    Regular detailed visual bridge inspections, performed by trained and certified inspectors, are an essential aspect of maintaining our infrastructure in a safe and serviceable condition

    Some bridges can be hard to inspect due to structure type and elevation, traffic and inaccessible areas found at some bridge sites. Visual inspections can be costly, and sometimes hazardous and require platforms, rope access, harnesses, traffic disruptions and a significant amount of time. 

    Our bridge maintenance team decided to pilot the City's first Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) / Drone inspection in May 2020, so that a more thoroughly inspection of the underside of a bridge could be accomplished at of inaccessible areas. The team was pleased with the close-up and high resolution image quality from their first inspection. 

    With the successful pilot approved, the team kept completing more inspections of several bridges crossing the North Saskatchewan river using the Drone during the summer of 2020. 

    This innovative method enhances regular inspections and monitoring of Edmonton's bridges, hence improving the maintenance and service life of the bridge structures.

    We have also used drones for estimating volume of piled material inventory such as sand, gravel, cold mix, etc for road operations & maintenance.

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    Susan Urra
    The City of Edmonton
    Supervisor, Business Performance & Analytics
    Edmonton AB
    Canada
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  • 4.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 8 days ago
    Greetings, Susan.

    We have utilised drones, to some extent, for bridge inspections.  For your inspections of the underside of the bridge, are you using a custom-built drone or a commercially-available solution?  We have a DJI Phantom 4, but I can see the potential benefits of a top-mounted camera.

    Thank you.

    Cory Josland
    Sunshine Coast Council
    Australia

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    Timothy Letchford
    Sunshine Coast Council
    Coordinator, Asset Strategy, Civil Asset Management Branch
    SUNSHINE COAST MC
    Australia
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  • 5.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Joe, Suzan,
    an impressive overview of what the capabilities are is on display here: AUAV Drones Rail Bridge Inspection & 3D Model
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    AUAV Drones Rail Bridge Inspection & 3D Model
    Demonstration of a rail bridge inspection, presented as both a 3D model and the original high-resolution photography, using a beta version of AUAV's inSite™ ...
    View this on YouTube >

    Of course you'll need a condition classification for the variety of the situations encountered, such as disappeared track bolts, cracks in concrete pillars and scouring in the river bed, in order to prioritize in succeeding activities yet that is common stuff for you, being in the Drone business, assumably.

    Best regards,
    Geert Henk



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    Met vriendelijke groet / With kind regards / Mit freundlichem Gruß / مع أطيب التحيات / Saludos cordiales


    Geert Henk Wijnants
    Principal Consultant

    Stork Asset Management Technology
    Van Deventerlaan 121, 3528 AG Utrecht
    P.O. Box 2776, 3500 GT, Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Mobile: +31 (0)6 13357246
    Email: geerthenk.wijnants@stork.com
    Website: www.stork.comNetherlands
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  • 6.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 8 days ago
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    Susan Urra / Joe

    Good to see the usage of Drones for Bridge inspection. We are promoting a software for Bridge inspection from DIGLOBAL  in Australia

    Pictures taken with Drones or hand held cameras at two different periods are compared to identify and prepare a report (Health Card of bridges) on "deterioration of mechanical components" .

    If interested you may contact D.Saar of DIGLOBAL through their web site http://diglobal.tech

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    Prevent unplanned expenses & manage risk Identify defects before they evolve into large-scale failures Maximize warranty by automated tracking of repairs We automatically extract photos from past inspection reports, Lidar scanning, drone flights and daily operation and maintenance activities. We provide you the most advanced cloud-based visual repository for your assets.
    View this on Dynamic >





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    Swami Nathan
    LB Australia
    International Consultant
    Sydney
    Australia
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  • 7.  RE: UAV / Drone Services

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Joe,

    You can download a report completed by World Road Organization related to UAV case studies (link below). This report has lot of good information.
    https://www.piarc.org/en/order-library/29470-en-The%20Use%20of%20Unmanned%20Aerial%20Systems%20for%20Road%20Infrastructure
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    Sukhwinder Dhanoa
    City of Vancouver
    Asset Manager
    Vancouver BC
    Canada
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