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Drone Thermal Imaging

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2019

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THERMOGRAPHIC AND AERIAL IMAGING USING DRONES

There are many applications that thermographically equipped drones can be used for. Regular inspections of assets can help identify problems and faults before they become real issues. Prevention, as they say, is better than a cure. This is especially true in the case of extreme weather events, ageing infrastructure, or areas of high vibration (bridges, train lines etc). Taking the precaution of using a drone to check structures takes out the risk and complexity of ensuring assets are in a sound state.

Additionally, we are able to affix cameras on both the bottom and top of the body. This gives us the advantage of being able to make a drone asset inspection to structures and utilities upward from directly underneath, which many drones are not able to do. Here are some of the types of things we specialise in:

Building inspections and diagnosis

Drone mounted thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect construction defects or failing installations externally and inspect hard to access area up high. These services can be performed in residential dwellings, office blocks, high-rises, and commercial and industrial buildings. It is also an excellent way to detect thermal bridges, hot & cold air loss, and water ingress.

Roof Drone Inspection

Your roof is no longer beyond having a regular inspection. Once upon a time the only way to properly do a roof inspection (especially on multi-storey and highrise) was for a brave soul to climb up a ladder and venture out onto a precarious precipice. Now, a roof inspection using a drone can be done quickly and safely without the inspector ever leaving the ground.

Our qualified and highly experienced pilot will ensure the drone checks everything. This can include damaged or leaking roofs, blocked stormwater egress, gutters, box gutters and valleys.

  • Highly reduced OH&S risk
  • Highly detailed photography
  • Requires no extra safety equipment
  • Day or night for thermal imaging
  • No risk of damage to the roof

Any type of roof can be inspected including metal, tiles, slate, and timber. Waterproof membrane on flat roofs can also be checked, as well as the tops of structures not easily accessible (eg church spires).

Using thermal imaging equipment, a drone inspection is a much more efficient way to check roofing, to detect wet insulation, leaks, air gaps and all manner of faults and maintenance requirements, than to risk the safety of a person clambering up an unstable ladder into a confined or high space.

The drone’s thermal imaging can be used to identify and diagnose

  • Hot and cold air loss.
  • AC piping and cooling towers
  • Areas of damp
  • Efflorescence

Bridges, spans and cantilevered structures

Structural integrity is essential for large, public bridges and spans however many do not receive adequate checking due to the complexity and risk associated with such tasks. Using a drone, coupled with our solid expertise in structural inspection, can alleviate these common maintenance deficits.

Search & rescue, and security

The beauty of thermographic capable drones can really be seen when it comes finding people and animals from a height. Atmospheric conditions such a smoke or fog have limited impact on our capacity to detect heat signatures, as does foliage or even complete darkness such as in a cave system.

Solar panel and array inspection

Clambering up on a roof, attaching specialised safety equipment and then inspecting equipment manually is time consuming, risky and out of date. Using a thermographic camera, faulty and damaged solar cells can quickly and safely be checked via a drone inspection. At a larger scale, solar farms can be scanned quickly from a height, in the same way.

Electrical systems

Electrical systems tend to store heat where there is higher resistance in the circuitry, and left unchecked this can potentially cause fires or other serious events. Using a thermographically equippped drone, electrical systems can be easily checked from ground level to great height with no safety risk to technicians.

Firefighting & bushfires

Thermographic cameras are ideal for identifying fire, people or animals within dense smoke. Normally this kind of work can be highly dangerous and hit and miss for firefighters and concerned citizens. Our drones are ideally suited for this kind of work, in addtion being able to scan large areas very quickly from great height.

Orthographic heat maps

Orthographic maps can be created to show heat retention and dissipation over large areas for urban planning, industrial trouble-shooting and many other applications in both day and night. This type of work requires specialist software and understanding, both of which we have experience.

Drone filming: The sky’s not the limit.

It’s not too bold a statement to say that drones have revolutionised the film industry. Only a few years ago the type of shots a drone can easily film would have been incredibly expensive or downright impossible. Gone are the expensive and potentially risky large cranes, helicopters or aircraft. Gone are the trucks full of dolly equipment. Gone are the massive safety risks. Now, smaller, quieter drones can capture a much more flexible range of footage at any height, unhampered by terrain such as vertical cliffs or swamps.

For your next film project, consider that our drones include features such as:

  • Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera (30x optical zoom, 6x digital zoom, 64gb max capacity)
  • Multiple camera positions to suit a wide variety of applications
  • XT2 25mm thermal camera (<50mk thermal sensitivity, 12mp aperture, 30hz max thermal frame rate, IP44 level ingress protection)
  • Max speed: 82.8 km/h
  • Memory for positioning and multiple takes
  • Range: 7Km
  • Max flight time: 38min
  • Weatherproof to the level of IP43

Agriculture

Especially in regards to troubleshooting and diagnosing uneven soil composition or moisture evaporation and retention, drone-based thermography is ideal in the modern era for keeping an eye on crops without leaving the house.

Wildlife

A thermographically equipped drone takes the pain and uncertainty out of finding missing farm animals, or keeping tabs on native or feral animal movement in both day and night. We are able to quickly scan large areas of any type of terrain, including areas unreachable by vehicles, to check for animal movements.

Event & Commercial Photography

Aerial drone photography creates a unique and contemporary view of your event or commercial asset. Call us to capture your wedding, conference, or product launch from a unique new angle.

Day and Night

As thermographic images are not based on the need for ambient light, we can help diagnose faults and carry out maintenance checks any time of the day or night, and even in mild rain.

SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT

I have many specialist instruments and equipment for reaching hard to access areas including:

  1. Flir Borescope with two way 2m long articulated LED lit camera
  2. Thermal Cameras FLIR E75 and E6
  3. Flir Damp and Humidity moisture meter
  4. Starret digital calipers
  5. De-Felsko Positector 6000 with FNS Probe for all metallic surface coatings. NAS Probe for all Anodised aluminium coatings and Surface coating probe for all other material coatings such as paint and waterproof membranes.
  6. De-Walt cross line lasers (Green and Red)
  7. Stabila laser distance measure, Rotating site laser and telescopic and digital levels.
  8. Bosch metal, timber and electrical cable wall finder
  9. NIX Paint sensor and colour matching technology
  10. DJI Matrice 210 Drone with Z30 zoom camera and FLIR XT2 Thermal Camera. Flying and inspection lights. IP 43 weather resistant.

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LATEST ACQUISITION

DJI Mavic Pro

This a next generation drone with specifications that compete with much larger more expensive (older) drones. Its compact size means it can navigate in relatively tight environments such as cityscapes or forests. The manufacturer describes it as one of their ‘most sophisticated flying cameras ever’, and it is squarely aimed at turning the sky ‘into your creative canvas’.

  • Zoom lense
  • 12mp Camera
  • 27 minute max flight time
  • Wide range of image and video capture settings
  • 4K video resolution
  • Can travel up to 13km on 1 battery