WIND TURBINE INSPECTIONS - DRONE METHOD VS. TRADITIONAL INSPECTIONS
By conducting an inspection of live assets, we eliminated the requirement for a shutdown. Typically, each WTG is required to be shutdown to enable a human inspection on the exterior of the WTG itself, which is both time-consuming and dangerous. In this case, the engineering firm decided to use drones to eliminate the need for a shutdown, however they underestimated the time it would take for them to utilize the drone effectively. Their upfront cost for the drone / insurance / training was not included in the cost analysis. Below are a series of images we captured for our client. They represent the type of technical inspection data that was outlined in the engagement contract.
|The Sky Guys||Traditional|
|INSPECTION||Collecting raw site data for analysis.||2 days on site.||26 days on site.|
|REQUIRED LABOR||Teams and expertise required for fulfillment.||2-man team, pilot and sensor operator.||3-man team, including pilot, sensor operator ground engineers.|
|WTG SHUTDOWN||For measurement / analysis.||No shutdown required.||No shutdown required.|
|PROJECT FULFILLMENT||Data capture, production of actionable data, delivery||Completed on-site.||Completed on-site.|
|SAVINGS||81% time savings and 71% cost savings, matching inspection-grade accuracy.|