Albion Marine’s R&D team has come up with a unique way to carry out certain survey and/or inspection requirements using a purpose-built drone base. This drone utilization is a highly sophisticated, safe, efficient and cost-effective approach.
The many advantages of using a drone include:
• Safety: Inspectors remain a safe distance while getting a close-up camera view.
• Prevention: The relative low cost of drone inspections is prompting many companies to use them to do inspections more often to detect potential issues earlier and avoid expensive repairs.
• Data: The archivable data obtained by a drone provides a meticulous record of a major asset’s condition over time.
• Recompense: Using a drone to assess the condition of a damaged or dysfunctional asset can speed up the payment of a liability insurance claim and reduce any related costly downtime.
Condition Assessment Survey
• A precise, reliable, intuitive drone inspection of interior spaces
• Real-time HD feed to the surveyor or the ship owner
• A spherical carbon-fibre cage that protects the drone propellers to facilitate confined-area use
• Repeatedly tested reliability in terms of capability to pass through vessel portholes
• Photogrammetry software for a 3D imaging option
• Combined use with LIDAR V1 & HF1 technology for on-board processing and real-time analysis
• Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) that facilitates accurate 3D mapping in GPS-denied environments, such as within interior spaces, underground, or near large structures.
• 3D modelling of the inspected space
• Locating, quantifying and measuring faults precisely
• A simpler way to spot faults than numerous time-consuming photo comparisons with an internal structures map
• Time and project cost savings
• Easier volume and dimensional calculations
• For piping surveys/inspections, the elevation of the interior pipe, its shape, the pipe condition, and the length/size of any defect
Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UTM Gauging)
• Spot thickness readings
• A-scan readings at a target position with 5-centimetre precision in terms of diameter
• Real-time waveform input to a landside inspector
• UT readings with 0.01-mm resolution and a measurable thickness range of 1 mm to 635 mm
• Capability to measure along curved surfaces
• Readings without the need of a GPS signal
Albion Marine Solutions can provide UTM gauging for ships, storage tanks, cranes, offshore platforms, wind turbines, and bridges.