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More and more now, drones are being used to inspect many types of infrastructure. They are low-cost and easy to maneuver, which makes them great options for inspecting things such as oil rigs, buildings, wind turbines, and much more. They also don’t put human lives in danger and they are perfect for the jobs.

Most people assume that drone inspections are strictly performed by using normal high definition cameras to view whatever needs to be inspected. While this is true many times, a new technology that you should be familiar with is thermal imaging.

What Is Thermal Imaging?

Many of you are probably familiar with the concept of thermal imaging. Scientifically put, it displays differences in the thermal energy given off my objects. So, what exactly does that mean?

Here’s an example that might help you visualise it. If you are standing behind a solid wall, and a thermal imaging camera is filming behind that wall, it will be able to detect you. Since your body heat radiates much more heat than the wall, you would show up as being much more lighter in colour than the wall and you would be easy to see. The warmer the object, the lighter colour that is displayed. If objects are of different temperature, you will be able to see them, no matter if solid objects are blocking them or not.

Uses in Drones

Now that you have some basic knowledge of what the technology actually is, how is it used in drones? Well, like many drone applications, thermal imaging was first used for military purposes. It allows the military to see threats through solid objects and fire strikes if needed.

But, instead of just being used for warfare, this application has some positive uses now for saving lives. Fire and rescue workers are increasingly using drones to search for people in places where it is too dangerous for humans to go. Thermal imaging gives them a huge advantage because it increases the range the drones are able to see. Its ability to look through walls and travel almost anywhere means that the drone should have no problem finding anyone no matter how trapped they are. This is great for building collapses, fires, or any natural disaster. Also, police are using the technology similar to the military, in trying to find suspects who are hiding.

So, is it just used for detecting people? Actually no. Although this is the most practical way to use thermal imaging, as people are easy to detect, thermal imaging on drones are starting to be used for home and building inspections.

The drone will fly by the exterior during a normal time and capture thermal images. This shows hot and cold spots in the building, which can point out where it is and isn’t energy efficient. For example, if the roof is much lighter than the rest of the house, this could mean it is losing heat through the roof. Thermal imaging can be used to detect places where better insulation is needed, cracks in walls, or leaks. It will be able to detect these problems much sooner than any human could, which makes it an invaluable resource.

June 23, 2017

Thermal Imaging: The Newest Innovation in Drone Inspections

More and more now, drones are being used to inspect many types of infrastructure. They are low-cost and easy to maneuver, which makes them great options for inspecting things such as oil rigs, buildings, wind turbines, and much more. They also don’t put human lives in danger and they are perfect for the jobs. Most people assume that drone inspections are strictly performed by using normal high definition cameras to view whatever needs to be inspected. While this is true many times, a new technology that you should be familiar with is thermal imaging. What Is Thermal Imaging? Many of you are probably familiar with the concept of thermal imaging. Scientifically put, it displays differences in the thermal energy given off my objects. So, what exactly does that mean? Here’s an example that might help you visualise it. If you are standing behind a solid wall, and a thermal imaging camera is filming behind that wall, it will be able to detect you. Since your body heat radiates much more heat than the wall, you would show up as being much more lighter in colour than the wall and you would be easy to see. The warmer the object, the […]
June 17, 2017

Drones in Agriculture

Drones in Agriculture Drones provide a real way to experience life in the air. They show you the magnificence of the sky with the cameras installed with them as well as the different parts of the land. People can easily monitor things, keep surveillance, track changes, and even masterfully control the ways they market their products and services with the help of drones. However, how do drones make it easy for people in agriculture? How does it help it and how does it make it better? Here are some ways on how drones contributed to agriculture. They can be used to do the hard work A farmer may use up a lot of time tending to his or her field. With the help of drones, the common tasks that take up much time now take just a fraction of the time it needed before. Drones can be used to generate 3D maps of farms so that farmers know how and when to plant seeds that will be useful for the cycle. Moreover, it can also be used to water the plants. Not only does it do it effectively, it also lessens the room for human error. You can now monitors […]
June 12, 2017

Drones for Mining Oil and Gas

Drones are also called unmanned aerial vehicle UAV. This is simply because a drone is not the actual aircraft. It nearly looks like a toy. No man or no pilot inside because it is operated by a remote control. There are so many variations of unmanned aircraft in capabilities and design. Each drone has its own purpose.  Before purchasing a drone, it is very important to know the specifications needed for the execution. There are a lot drone companies and they have become successful in this kind of industry. Drones for mining oil and gas have become very useful in any industry today. Drones are one of the essential tools to document every event for they especially made to capture aerial scenes. For oil and gas companies, drones are very helpful to get more improves shots of the area that a normal shot could not get. To inspect oil and gas equipment is quite a difficult task, knowing that the sites are not always safe to go in for a good capture. In using drones, oil and gas companies are able to do many tasks like flare stack inspections, tailings pond inspections, off and on-shore oil derrick inspections, oil spill […]