How to expand your aerial drone business. Offer a full inspection service of submerged structures and infrastructure with an underwater drone.
Drones are the way of the future, and it's an industry proving lucrative for both those developing the technology as well as for those using it. An unmanned aerial drone was initially introduced to the general public from its military roots as a form of recreation, but are now being utilized to perform work tasks in a multitude of commercial industries. PwC estimates that the drone business today is valued at over $127 billion dollars. Ever since Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon announced in 2013 that they were testing drones as a form of delivery, the commercial market has been coming up with endless opportunities for the utilization of drones in their given sectors.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) for infrastructure inspections is big business. Drone market analysis indicates that infrastructure has the greatest potential to utilize drone technology, with an already impressive spending of $45.2 billion dollars. Some reasons for this growth are the state of aging infrastructure on a global scale and the significant benefits (both economic and environmental) in keep bridges, damns, oil rigs and other types of facilities operational and safe. Although it is essential to upkeep and monitoring this infrastructure, these types of inspections are tedious, incredibly expensive and dangerous. UAV's have become the chosen platform to perform many of these inspections with their ability to take high-resolution images, capture video and relay data, many of these inherent dangers and difficulties are mitigated.
Arming themselves with a Deep Trekker underwater drone, aerial drone businesses are taking advantage of this unexplored avenue by offering a complete, aerial and underwater inspection service. Deep Trekker Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) or underwater drones offer detailed underwater inspections for a variety of industries similar to those currently being inspected by the aerial drone business...
Inspection and monitoring of aging highways, road, and bridges is a mandatory endeavor. Our roadways are what transport us to work, home, and deliver essential goods to communities daily. The need for continual maintenance and repair is growing annually as this infrastructure continues to age. According to one infrastructure report card, 25% of bridges are in fair to poor condition.
Perhaps even more alarming, is the massive costs involved in this kind of maintenance. The submerged piers of a bridge, which are an integral part of an inspection, can be difficult to reach. Traditionally, a team of commercial divers would be deployed to check for cracks, indications of structural stress, loss of aggregate and overall integrity. It is a tedious task, with water currents, visibility, dive times and potential bridge closures driving up the cost of the assessments and repairs.
Time is in fact money to the taxpayers. Deep Trekker ROV's are revolutionizing bridge inspections. The readily deployed and easily maneuvered DTG2 ROV, allows a team of experts to remain on the surface, while the ROV is deployed to capture footage of the piers via an HD live video feed. The footage can then be analyzed and reviewed for structural defects and schedule required maintenance. Even when it is necessary for a dive team to enter the water, the preference would be to do so with the issue already diagnosed and a game plan in place. This reduces the cost and increases safety when a team knows what to expect.
Aerial drones are already being used to inspect the walls of dams above the waterline. The introduction of a Deep Trekker ROV to an aerial drone business helps to overcome some of these challenges underwater. The Deep Trekker ROVs have a patented pitch technology which allows a pilot to maneuver within confined spaces with ease. With the ability to deliver detailed and accurate structural data via the HD Camera and the add on of sonar capabilities, the underwater drone can discover anomalies and monitor areas in need of potential repair.
Improvements in lock and dam safety measures, such as the installation of upstream control valves, and enhancements to facility operations (fish mitigation, increase in flow capacities, etc.) can be installed safely and cost-effectively with the assistance of an ROV.
The introduction of Deep Trekker ROV's makes it possible for these critical inspections to be performed. Operators are able to rapidly deploy the DTG2 in its self-contained unit, for minimal impact on the plant. Advanced technology, operator skill, and improved safety protocols mean that underwater maintenance can be performed with the same quality as in the past without the draining of tanks, lagoons or other waterways.
Deep Trekker underwater drones are increasingly being utilized for onshore and offshore oil and gas projects around the world. Teams of engineers operate on assets such as oil rigs, or aboard boats, deploying an ROV beneath the surface to gather imperative, high-quality data about the health and structure of an oil field, rig or pipeline.
In an industry when time and safety is paramount, the rapid deployment of an ROV means the instant relay of vital information and the ability to make informed decisions which could affect the health of workers or the environment, quickly.
The ability to garner large volumes of data before they shut the site down, can mean hours of saved time and millions of dollars in lost production. Using ROV's for basic inspections means virtually zero downtime and very little in the way of health or safety risks for operators. Economically, this makes an abundance of sense for companies. In fact, some data indicates that the data gathered with a drone just five days is equivalent to eight weeks worth of manual inspections.
As unmanned intervention becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand for ROVs and other remote technology to provide survey data, dimensional information, and facility inspection will increase. Aerial drones have already jump started the economic efficiency of numerous industries by becoming a part of their infrastructure inspections. Deep Trekker ROV's are being utilized to do the same, partnering with our customers to take underwater infrastructure inspections to a new level of efficiency and safety.
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