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FAA Compliant Unmanned Aerial Inspection Program for Gas and Electric Utilities

Unmanned aerial inspections and surveys of difficult to access structures and pipelines allow for safe, efficient and high quality visual and sensor assessments of transmission and distribution towers, bridges, buildings and pipelines; or as a damage assessment tool.

Utility Drone Inspection Services

Unmanned Aerial Inspection: Key Benefits

01. State-of-the-Art UAS Technology

ULC Robotics performs aerial inspections using professional-grade UAS and carefully selected sensors to ensure the highest quality inspection.

02. Improve Safety and Avoid Hazards

Since UAVs are operated remotely, utility personnel do not need to climb heights or navigate hazardous terrain. The need for scaffolding or suspension equipment is also avoided.

03. Minimize Downtime of Critical Systems

UAV operators perform most inspections while utility assets are in operation to negate the time and disruption required to shut down critical systems.

04. Lower Cost of Inspection

Aerial inspections of hard to access infrastructure reduce costs by avoiding the need for piloted aircraft, multiple vehicles or temporary scaffolding.

05. Complete Flight Planning

As a critical part of ULC’s aerial inspection service, ULC will work behind the scenes to complete and submit all necessary paperwork and plan/program the flight.

06. Innovation in Aerial Inspection

ULC’s unmanned aerial inspection program is backed by our utility research and development, and field operations teams as well a team of expert UAS consultants.

UAV Applications in the Energy Industry

electric utility drone inspection

Overhead Lines:

Utility companies can obtain high quality,  detailed images of overhead utility lines to look for damage, corrosion or the presence of debris.

Damage Assessment:

Unmanned aerial inspection can be used to quickly assess damage after storms or incidents by accessing areas in which vehicles cannot.

Pipeline and Leak Monitoring:

UAVs can fly over distribution or transmission pipelines for visual inspection or be outfitted with special sensors to locate gas leaks.

Buildings and Structures:

Utility structures such as buildings, bridges and plants can be inspected by UAVs to avoid having utility personnel perform the same inspections from great heights.

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