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Substation Inspection by Drones: Chubu Electric PG Improves Incident Response

The Chubu Electric Power Grid (PG, located in Nagoya) revealed to the press on the 11th that they are implementing a project to inspect substations with drones from remote locations in case of equipment failure or natural disasters. Currently, the substations are monitored by cameras, and in the event of an anomaly, personnel need to visit the site, which can be far away physically. Installing remotely operated drones within the substations can reduce the time it takes to assess the situation. This initiative aims to decrease inspection time and shorten power outage durations.
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Levatas, a Skydio extend developer, now offers AI tools for automated industrial inspections to Skydio customers. These tools can detect thermal anomalies, inspect rooftops, assess infrastructure, and count and identify inventory, vehicles, and equipment. With asset ID capabilities, users can read equipment labels, inventory tags, or vehicle ID numbers, supporting facility inspections for electric utilities. Site security is enhanced with features like fence damage inspection, door and gate monitoring, unauthorized person detection, and unexpected object detection. Read more: https://www.skydio.com/blog/elevate-your-inspections-with-ai-powered-safety-security-and-asset-maintenance-inspections
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Shankar Nadarajah
Sterling  Hays
Shankar Nadarajah & Sterling Hays · May 28th, 2024
In the dynamic and challenging landscape of the oil and gas industry, maintaining the integrity and functionality of expansive asset infrastructure is paramount to support strong reliability and performance throughput. This live talk, led by Shankar Nadarajah, Global Drone Inspection Lead at ExxonMobil, will delve into specific challenges faced in overseeing remote inspection of vast infrastructures and how ExxonMobil is addressing these challenges using aerial robotics.  Including: -Standing up a drone inspection program and process for getting executive buy-in to scale inspection operations.  Illustrating the value of aerial robots for inspection of oil and gas infrastructure vs. traditional methods  -Enhancing inspection workflows with higher quality insights powered by AI-enabled aerial robots. -Expanded uses for innovative technology solutions outside of inspection, such as critical response and security -The future vision for persistent aerial inspections with dock technology and remote operations. Join us to learn about the evolution and benefits of oil and gas workflows and critical response through the use of aerial robots.
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Corey Hitchcock
Corey Hitchcock · May 22nd, 2024
Watch an autonomous drone launch from a dock and inspect a demo substation. Remote assets, aging infrastructure, limited resources, natural disasters, and budget constraints can complicate asset inspection. If you had the ability to inspect any asset at any time, from a web browser anywhere in the world, how would your operations change?
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In the face of an unexpected event, quickly understanding the condition of assets is a critical factor to restore power and minimize forced outages — helping avoid millions of dollars in labor, materials, and CMI, and lowering risk for your personnel and your grid. Watch how American Electric Power Station Technical Services uses drones to optimize their response to a static line failure, quickly capturing information to prevent another failure before it started. When every minute counts, AEP relies on autonomous drones to conduct critical inspections. Skydio is proud to work with AEP as they move toward condition based maintenance and deliver safe, reliable, affordable power to their customers.
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PG&E operates one of the largest and most advanced drone-based equipment inspection programs in the world and recently became the first utility in California to begin conducting fully remote drone operations for electric system inspections. PG&E is working in collaboration with San Mateo-based Skydio to integrate its Dock technology at 12 electric substations to augment current inspection programs and manual drone operations. The benefit for customers is significant. The new drone capability automates data capture in the field, providing a triple advantage of increased system, operator, and community safety; reduced time and resources; and cost savings.
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To support ComEd’s nation-leading resiliency, routine monitoring of equipment is crucial to ensuring all grid assets are operating as intended. ComEd uses drones in a variety of ways, including to inspect power lines and following storms to assess damage and enable crews to more quickly and efficiently restore power.
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Corey Hitchcock
Christina Park
Corey Hitchcock & Christina Park · Mar 23rd, 2024
Watch an autonomous drone launch from a dock and inspect a demo substation. Remote assets, aging infrastructure, limited resources, natural disasters, and budget constraints can complicate asset inspection. If you had the ability to inspect any asset at any time, from a web browser anywhere in the world, how would your operations change? Watch the demo + Q&A session to see an autonomous drone inspect a substation in real-time within our docked drone warehouse in San Francisco, CA. With Skydio Remote Ops, you: -Have the ability to conduct routine or event-based inspection from a web browser -Significantly lower inspection costs -Increase worker safety
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Corey Hitchcock
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Corey Hitchcock & Christina Park · Dec 6th, 2023
Watch live: A real-time substation inspection from 2,800 miles away. Remote assets, aging infrastructure, limited resources, natural disasters, and budget constraints can complicate asset inspection. If you had the ability to inspect any asset at any time, from anywhere in the world, how would your operations change? Watch our Skydio remote operations demonstration + Q&A session on December 5th and see a remote inspection of a substation in real-time with docked drones at our San Francisco, CA training facility from 2800 miles away in Tampa, FL. With Skydio Remote Ops, you: Have the ability to conduct routine or event-based inspection from a browser can significantly lower your inspection cost and keep people out of harm’s way. In real-time, we’ll demonstrate: Routine Inspection: we’ll show you how to remotely plan a scheduled mission for routine, automated asset inspection Event-Based Inspection: watch us remotely inspect perimeter fencing, transformers, oil level gauges, temperature sensors, cooling fans, and more. Thermal Inspection to monitor any hot-spots Obstacle Avoidance in confined environments Learn more: https://www.skydio.com/substation-monitoring
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Corey Hitchcock
Christina Park
Corey Hitchcock & Christina Park · Nov 7th, 2023
A real-time substation inspection from 2,800 miles away. Remote assets, aging infrastructure, limited resources, natural disasters, and budget constraints can complicate asset inspection. If you had the ability to inspect any asset, at any time, from anywhere in the world, how would your operations change? Tune into our Skydio remote operations demonstration + Q&A session on November 9th and watch us remotely inspect a substation in real-time with docked drones at our San Francisco, CA training facility from 2800 miles away in Tampa, FL. With Skydio Remote Ops, you: Have the ability to conduct routine or event-based inspection from a browser Can significantly lower your inspection costs Keep people out of harm’s way In real-time, we’ll demonstrate: Routine Inspection: we’ll show you how to remotely plan a scheduled mission for routine, automated, asset inspection Event-Based Inspection: watch us remotely inspect perimeter fencing, transformers, oil level gauges, temperature sensors, cooling fans, and more. Thermal Inspection to monitor any hot-spots Obstacle Avoidance in confined environments
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Christina Park
Corey Hitchcock
Christina Park & Corey Hitchcock · Oct 26th, 2023
In the utility industry, the right inspection data is vital. But capturing the right data at the right time, transforming that data into actionable insights, and weaving it into your workflows is a constant battle. Join us for an interactive webinar + Q&A session with Christina Park, former Sr. Director of Asset Intelligence Solutions at the New York Power Authority. Christina will explain the journey from time-based to condition-based asset maintenance, and how drones transform the way utilities can monitor the health and security of infrastructure to make better decisions that optimize cost, risk, and performance—without any guesswork. Dive deeper into: Better Asset Inspection: Drones aren't just tech toys; they're tools that help Utilities efficiently inspect when and where it's most needed. Operational Efficiencies: Find out how drone solutions can reduce outages, give detailed inspections, and help balance budgets. Data-Driven Decision Making: With real-time data, shift from reactive to proactive maintenance solutions. Practical Examples: From power generation to power supply, and the substations in between. Tune in if you care about: Innovation: Bring new solutions to old problems. Safety: Keep your team out of harm's way by reducing manual checks. Reputation: Be known for reliability, with fewer equipment failures and service interruptions. Savings: Spot issues early, avoid large repair bills, and cut down on costly downtime. Don't miss out on this chance to learn how drones are shaping the future of utility inspection.
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Corey Hitchcock, Ryan Reading, Christina Park & 1 more speaker