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Inspecting 10,000 Utility Poles in One Week with Skydio X2 Drones

Posted May 26, 2023 | Views 1.5K
# Inspection
# Utilities
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The utility industry is constantly evolving, and with that evolution comes new technologies that can help streamline processes and improve efficiency. One such technology is drone powerline inspection, which has the potential to revolutionize the way that utility companies inspect and maintain their infrastructure.

The Skydio X2 is a state-of-the-art drone that is specifically designed for industrial use. It is equipped with a high-resolution camera that can capture detailed images of utility poles and distribution lines, as well as other critical infrastructure. The drone is also equipped with advanced sensors and software that allow it to navigate complex environments with ease.

One of the key benefits of using drones for utility inspection is the ability to collect data quickly and accurately. In the past, utility companies relied on manual inspections, this meant sending someone up in a bucket truck to visually see the tops of the utility poles which could take weeks or even months to complete. With drone powerline inspection, the same inspections can be completed in a matter of days or even hours.

Another benefit of using drones for utility inspection is the cost savings. Traditional inspection methods can be expensive, requiring specialized equipment and personnel. With drone technology, many of these costs can be eliminated, resulting in significant cost savings for utility companies. But perhaps the biggest benefit of using drones for utility inspection is the improved safety. Inspecting utility poles and distribution lines can be a dangerous job, requiring workers to climb or be elevated high above the ground. With drone technology, many of these inspections can be completed from the ground, eliminating the need for workers to put themselves in harm's way.

The Firmatek team was able to leverage these benefits to complete an inspection of over 10,000 utility poles in just one week. By using Skydio X2 drones, they were able to collect detailed data on each pole, including its condition and any potential issues that needed to be addressed. This data was then used to develop a comprehensive maintenance plan that would help prevent outages and improve the reliability of the utility's infrastructure.

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