SAFE AND EFFICIENT AERIAL INSPECTIONS

If health and safety is the focus of your operation, eliminate risk by employing an aerial solution. Keep your team's feet on the ground by deploying our range of Commercial craft, equipped with sensors specific to the task at hand. Improve efficiencies by operating multiple sensors to obtain more information in a shorter time — all while remaining at the peak of safety in the workplace. Stop climbing and start flying!

For more information on how we can help with your project, contact our Commercial Solutions team on 0800 787 623 or commercial@ferntech.co.nz.

 
 

HOW ARE NEW ZEALANDERS USING DRONES FOR ASSET INSPECTION?

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Powerline Inspection

Drone technology is rapidly becoming a vital solution for energy organisations looking to efficiently collect crucial data for their operations. UAVs can provide access to property in difficult and hard-to-reach locations and allows a closer view for inspecting damage. Utilising a drone as part of the inspection team is a safe and efficient alternative assessment method that is becoming the norm for all energy inspections.

Reducing the risk of injury is integral to assessment operations, inspecting power lines and transmission towers. Drones make the work safer, more efficient and more cost-effective. With the ability to capture accurate data over large distances, there is less need for manual inspections, which are often dangerous and timely.

Product recommendation: The DJI Matrice 210 RTK V2

 
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COUNCIL ASSISTANCE

Local councils are increasingly investing in drone technology for a range of tasks across their region. The workload of a council-owned UAV typically includes 3D modelling, flood plain modelling, engineering designs and surveying. Councils can also employ drones for volumetric analysis, site planning, asset inspections, monitoring coastal erosion, search and rescue work, civil defence and emergency management. Other uses span regulatory inspections (building), spatial planning, and land use and ecological condition analysis, while also creating material for marketing and promotion.

In use across multiple platforms, UAVs are a functional tool, and only continues to prove its role in efficiency and time saving; planning and decision-making; health and safety; and high-quality data analysis. Drones are quickly becoming part of local councils’ day-to-day service to the public.

Product recommendation: The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

 
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Roof and Solar Panel Inspection

Although drones are already actively being used for roof inspections around the country, addition of thermal imaging technology has opened up further possibilities for roof and solar panel inspections.

Equipped with high-quality cameras, drones can efficiently survey every inch of a building from base to roof, scanning for energy loss and moisture damage. Infrared drone inspections can inspect the structural integrity of the building, revealing air infiltration, expensive energy leakage, and identifying areas of moisture in a way that is cost-effective and non-destructive. There’s no need for scaffolding! Drones quickly locate the area where is trapped in subsurface insulation, allowing for targeted repairs of only the damaged areas.

For solar panel inspections, thermal imaging is paired with cutting-edge drone technology to identify issues affecting the performance of solar energy systems. UAVs can capture detailed data in order to pinpoint issues within the system, such as the degradation of photovoltaic cells, before these problems escalate. Thermal imaging can help identify anomalies, including defective cells operating above the maximum working temperature, and poor connections between the cells and protection diodes, that may lead to failure of equipment and the system. Once identified by the drone, the repair can then be called in, saving both time and money.

Product recommendation: The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual

 

 

CASE STUDY

DRONES AT WORK AT THE TARARUA DISTRICT COUNCIL

After investing in a number of craft for the Tararua District Council, customer and Tararua District Council Manager Peter Wimsett has a wealth of experience in the various ways in which local authorities can utilise drones to their advantage across their operations. At the ALGIM Conference, Wimsett explained to delegates how in over 10 months of employing drones the Council has over 130 gigabytes — or approximately 20 hours — of video data that showcases the wide breadth of functionality.

“{Drones} can really make our people safe while saving money. It simply makes sense that we think in pictures and better understand things when we are shown images… the technology to display and calculate what it means is now amazing, and attainable even for the smallest of councils. The business case is now easy. The efficiency and time saving; planning and decision-making; health and safety; and quality of data is clear. The technology has now arrived.”

 
Route 52: Road wash-out reconstruction. Aerial shot taken by one of Tararua District Council's drones as part of a video to provide a sense of the complexity of the project for other team members.

Route 52: Road wash-out reconstruction. Aerial shot taken by one of Tararua District Council's drones as part of a video to provide a sense of the complexity of the project for other team members.


OUR KEY PRODUCTS FOR ASSET INSPECTION

 

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise DUAL

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual features the compact design of DJI’s Mavic 2 Series drones with the same array of advanced controls and accessories found in the Mavic 2 Enterprise. On top of that, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual allows users to measure temperatures and conveniently store images and temperature data for efficient reporting and analysis, adding immediate value to a range of industrial or time-sensitive operations today from utility inspections to emergency response.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual features a three-axis gimbal stabilized camera housing a side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIR Lepton® thermal microcamera for capturing thermal data. Together these sensors allow pilots to perform flights at night, as well as fly in complex daytime conditions like fog and smoke.

 
 
 

Matrice 200 RTK series

The Matrice 200 Series V2 retains the rugged design, simple setup, and easy customisation of the first-generation drones, with more robust systems that improve flight performance, and added safety and security features.

When conditions get tough, the Matrice 200 craft are IP43 weather resistant and can handle much stronger wind than other craft. This means less interruption to your planned aerial operations. The Matrice 200 series payload abilities allow mounting of multiple cameras and can integrate a Post Processing Kinematics GNSS system. The PPK system means that you can achieve highly accurate maps without the requirement for ground control points saving you time and money. The Matrice is the workhorse for commercial operations. Its reliability, redundancy and ease of deployment make it perfect for our tough conditions.

The Matrice 210 RTK is perfect for energy inspection. The Matrice 210 RTK uses a Real Time Kinematics (RTK) positioning system that can deliver centimeter-level precision for applications that require the maximum possible precision.

Why not try before you buy? We offer the Matrice 210 RTK craft on a daily rental.

 
 

COMPLETE SOLUTIONS

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ADVANCED Thermal Inspection Solution 

A powerful aerial platform to oversee sites and identify electrical or water damage throughout project life cycles, so you can effectively direct your maintenance resources.

Solution includes:

  • Matrice 210 RTK Platform

  • Zenmuse XT2 Thermal Imaging Sensor

  • Customised Training Programme from Ferntech

Contact us at commercial@ferntech.co.nz to find out more.



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MULTI-USE INSPECTION SOLUTION

A compact and user-friendly aerial platform that can be customised for a range of use cases.

Solution includes:

  • Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Craft

  • Customised Training Programme from Ferntech

Contact us at commercial@ferntech.co.nz to find out more.


 

GET IN TOUCH

Not sure which drone is right for your project? Our team have helped asset inspection teams across the country embrace drone technology and we are here to help.

Give us a call on 0800 787 623, email us at commercial@ferntech.co.nz, or fill out the form below:

 
 
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