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Drone based inspections

Drone based inspections

Almost two months ago, we looked at AIS Technical’s investment in their base at North Shields, Tyne and Wear. Since then, the company has continued to move from strength to strength. This week, we have learned about their latest addition: the use of drone-based inspections.

In partnership with RectrixAS, aerial inspections will be used in the gas, oil, wind, & construction industries. They will be used to reach awkward parts of gas or oil drilling platforms, saving on manpower. Inspections can also be performed on flare stacks, petrochemical plants, refineries, & tank batteries. Many of which are several hundreds of feet in height, & best undertaken with a drone instead of scaffolding.

RectrixAS are a Stockton-on-Tees based company whose drone inspection services cover onshore & offshore sites. They are used for building inspections, thermal imaging, & surveying. The company’s founders, Chris Young & Alex Westwood, have & RUSTA/BNUCs/Resource Group training. They also have Permission For Aerial Work from the CAA, which enables them to pilot drones legally.

On the Business Daily website, Mark Patterson said:

“Some of the locations we work in can be hugely difficult to inspect & survey using conventional methods.

“Oil platforms, for example, can be hundreds of metres high & many miles offshore making inspecting & maintaining these structures difficult & expensive.

“The benefits of using drones for these operations are extensive.”

On AIS’ alliance with RectrixAS, he was upbeat about their alternative option, complementing AIS Technical’s expertise in rope access work. Enthusiastic, he said that “The company shares the same ethos for high quality and focused customer service and we expect there to be significant business opportunities together.”

RectrixAS use three types of drone equipment. One is the DJI Inspire 1. This has 4k resolution allowing for crystal clear picture quality. It also has a 30x optical zoom. Their second model is the DJI S900. This has a heavy lift system and is suitable for cinematographic work. Their third one is the Tectronik TTC Thermal Camera. This – as the name suggests – allows for high resolution thermal imaging, and is used for roof surveys and pipeline inspections.

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