Production flying of electric distribution system
Independent Drone Services has flown more then 30 miles of electric distribution, capturing more than 1,000 top of pole images.
Drones can complete detailed inspections of up to 5-6 miles of transmission/distribution poles per day capturing both thermal and RGB imagery, while substation inspections can be completed within an hour.
Drone inspections can deliver a higher level of detail – missing pins, rust, damaged insulators – compared to typical ground or helicopter patrols, while also avoiding the hazardous manhours involved with climbing or using buckets.
Utilities may also find that they can save time and cost with drone inspections. This is especially true after a natural disaster – the terrain conditions may be unknown and using drones can help speed up power restoration.
Monitoring of duck habitat during breeding season
Independent Drone Services through it’s partnership with Wildlife Solutions Inc has researched the use of drones and image processing for duck conservation