energy & utilities Drone services

Drones are changing the way construction companies execute inspections and progress monitoring. They keep the construction project on schedule, within budget, all while improving safety and efficiency.

Wind Turbines & Telecommunications Drone Inspections

Both the wind power industry and telecommunications industry rely on high-elevation assets, whether they are turbines or towers. Drone imaging offers the following advantages:

  • Improve Equipment Inspections. Our drone pilots can calculate the most efficient routes and flight patterns to inspect equipment and assets quickly, with just one team being able to scan over 600 acres a day. This speeds up a normally-difficult process and makes it possible to increase inspection frequency.
  • Monitor Changes and Updates. By implementing automatic flight routines, you can easily create before and after comparisons to see where changes have occurred, and create a maintenance schedule based on data analytics of predicted patterns of asset maintenance needs.
  • Capture Defects and Damage. Closer proximity enables drones to capture damage and defects from weather and wear more accurately than the human eye, allowing for more precision maintenance that can help extend the life of the equipment and assets.
  • Improve Worker Safety. Most maintenance inspections don’t require any additional action after the initial scan, keeping teams on the ground, increasing safety, and reducing liability risks.
  • Integrate with Asset Management Systems. Incorporate drone inspection data with existing asset management systems to streamline maintenance scheduling, manage component orders, and find problems that justify warranty repairs before warranty expiration.

Drone Services for Solar Farms

Spanning thousands of acres of open land, solar farms need to maximize both space and solar charging capability while improving inspection and energy yields over time. The integration of drone technology improves the efficiency and accuracy of solar farm inspections, as well as minimizing the challenges that on-site teams face, such as highly irradiated areas.

Drones make this possible:

  • Pre-Construction Surveying & Mapping. Through drone scanning, we can use several methods including LiDAR, infrared, and high-resolution RGB to obtain accurate positional data. We can also provide 3D images that improve your design to maximize both land use and solar charging capabilities.
  • Drive Higher Energy Yields. By performing thermal surveys of the solar farm, you’ll have the data necessary to determine areas of underperformance as well as inspect racking & mounting, inverters, panels, site vegetation or soiling issues quickly and inexpensively at utility-scale solar farms to maximize the site’s revenue. FlyGuys works closely with our technology partners to deliver industry-leading analysis.