UAS Go Above and Beyond

Where can UAS go? Nearly everywhere, as it turns out. Many industries are already feeling the positive impacts of UAS technology, as they use it in a variety of aerial tasks. And these are just some of the ways these industries are putting UAS to work for them. Let it inspire your own ideas as you envision where UAS can take you.

Put UAS to Work

Inspections and Monitoring
Inspections and monitoring are a requirement when working in many infrastructure, building and utility fields. A rotary UAS in particular is ideal for these jobs because of its wide range of movement. It can get accurate feedback but still maintain a safe distance, especially in more hazardous areas, like high voltage power lines or oil and gas pipelines.

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In an example like high voltage power lines or other safety inspections, the benefits of using a UAS like the Aibot X6 can result in significant savings. A UAS requires less personnel and lower operating costs. It also reduces the amount of time needed to complete the inspection. Because UAS systems are compatible with a specially designed infrared camera, thermal imaging can be used to find hot spots on solar panels and perform other heat-related defect analysis.

When you add this to the increased safety and higher quality images, it is easy to see why a UAS makes sense for any number of industrial and infrastructure related inspection and monitoring tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Oil and gas pipeline
    inspections
  • Power line inspections
  • Wind turbine inspections
  • Photovoltiac system inspections
  • Roadwork, ramp, bridge and
    canal inspections
  • Railroad infrastructure
    inspections
  • Safety assessments
  • Flooding change detection
  • Erosion monitoring

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Geo-mapping
Using a UAS for mapping is a straightforward process. After establishing some basic measurement parameters (i.e. altitude, airspeed, image overlap), and setting a flight plan, collecting the data is performed automatically. The end result is orthophotos and 3D models that can be used in a variety of industries, and as part of a variety of tasks.

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Using UAS for mapping is also safer than other methods of survey work. In an industry like mining, for example, traditional surveying interferes with the mining process. This creates danger for the crews. With a UAS, the risky elements of mapping, like harsh conditions, heavy machinery and difficult terrain can all be easily navigated from a distance, while still providing incredibly accurate and detailed data.

Since a UAS collects mapping data so efficiently, it can fully capture the scope of large-scale projects like mines and roads. Here are just some of the tasks that can be significantly aided with UAS geo-mapping:

  • Asset management
  • Volume calculation (stock piles)
  • Research (geology, archaeology, etc.)
  • Roadwork, ramps, bridges and canals
  • Safety assessments
  • Flooding change detection
  • Surveying
  • Waste Management

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Aerial Imaging and Filming
UAS can capture amazing imagery. The cameras are mounted to compensate for the pitch and roll of in-flight movement, and the result is high quality, blur free video and photography. UAS are compatible with some of the most advanced camera systems in the world, and they're more flexible and less expensive than using a crane or manned helicopter. Video and images from UAS can be used in everything from movies and television to disaster management and safety assessment.

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Programming routes to take images and/or video with a UAS can be done with a tablet PC. It's easy to operate and can reach up to 2000 meters (more than 6500 feet) in altitude. It is the quality of the photography, however, that really makes the UAS versatile. Video and images from UAS can be used in everything from movies and television to disaster management and safety assessment. In the aftermath of events like floods and earthquakes, a UAS can be an invaluable tool to learn the extent of the damage and ensure that everyone is safe.

In fields like geology and archaeology, photos and videos from a UAS can take researchers into places they might never reach on foot. These are just a few of the ways that UAS images and videos can be used:

  • Film
  • Television and commercials
  • Post disaster assessments
  • Safety assessment
  • Geological research
  • Archaeological research
  • Commercial photography

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