Specialized teams for specialized operations. Because flying an inspection differs a lot from flying aerial cinematography.
The Unmanned Inspections Group recently performed the world first 3D drone oil storage tank inspection, with high quality for a safer workspace.
After significant research and development, this successful project launches this new service to the global oil terminal industry.
The world-first took place in tank 911 operated by Odfjell in Rotterdam. Odfjell has requirements to visually inspect storage tanks for integrity, damage assessment and class certification. This type of inspection is usually conducted by rope access technicians (RAT), who are suspended on ropes to inspect the tank structure, focusing on areas of high stress such as stiffeners, brackets, bracing, webs and stringers.
One of Odfjell’s main priorities was to reduce the human risk factors which are presented by rope access, which includes working at height for sustained periods of time as well as working in confined spaces. Using a UAV or drone, the storage tank inspection has significant saving potential per tank compared with the traditional method. In addition, the 3D modelling technique has the potential to allow full “fly by wire” inspections, where no human being has to enter the steel tank physically. This inspection technique can now be applied to all large steel tanks, onshore and offshore.
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