What is the best way to minimise a disruption to your plant facility during a shutdown or just do a chimney inspection? Get NQ UAV in to do an asset inspection via a drone. We are able to get in and out in an extremely short period of time ensuring that the other contractors, services or workers have minimal disruption. We worked with Incitec Pivot to detail a flight plan to inspect the chimney and ensure that key areas of interest were captured.
As with all of our asset inspections and chimney inspections, we request that the client have their onsite engineers present to watch the live video feed so that they can start making decisions in real time or get us to refocus on sections as they saw fit. We were able to conduct the entire chimney inspection in less than 3 flights and focus in on sections that the engineers required.
Some interesting issues that we had to over come in this client included extreme high temperatures, high altitude (for Australia) and a low pressure system. These combined to reduce the relative air density and reduce the efficiency of the system. In addition, the high air temperature and the nature of asset inspections to have the aircraft sit in one spot for extended periods of time meant that the motors and ESCs would heat up significantly. To mitigate this effectively we had to choose a time in the later afternoon and carefully monitor the electronics between flights or sorties.
In the end the chimney inspection went through without any issue and we were able to capture high resolution photos of all of the critical sections of the structure and an onsite turn around of the data and a review of the photos captured being conducted in the area that we were inspecting.