Drone-based Inspections for Utilities

Conduct safer and more comprehensive transmission and distribution asset inspections

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Whether you need to monitor right-of-ways for encroachment, towers, hardware, and lines for issues, or improve safety margins, our drone-based solutions deliver a flexible, cost-effective way to inspect your critical utility assets.
 
 

Monitoring utility assets can be costly and dangerous. Traditionally, helicopters are used to inspect both towers and power lines, risking the helicopter’s rotor blade striking a wire and causing catastrophic damage and often fatalities.

Now, using drones, you can get better data, faster.

  • Directors of Transmission and Distribution use aerial data to manage assets over the complete lifecycle, maintaining an inventory and measuring the health of various tower and line components
  • Directors of Vegetation monitor right of ways for encroachment
  • Directors of Construction assess sites before bids and builds
  • Aviation Directors reduce the risk of missions flown throughout their organizations

Get Comprehensive Drone and Data Services

There’s no need to own a drone, maintain a pilot on staff, or analyze data. We’ve built our service based on years of operations research and work for leading utilities. As a result, you can procure enterprise-grade aerial intelligence—featuring easy-to-understand action items and takeaways—through a simple, turnkey service.
 
 

Here's how it works:

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Collect

Credentialed pilots, with experience flying utilities infrastructure, deploy thermal, LiDAR, and multispectral sensors to collect data over the assets.

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Process and Analyze

Overseen by our data scientists, the sensor data is processed by proprietary algorithms that interpret the data.

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Deliver and Action

Reports identify potential issues and where they are on your property. When data is collected over time, the resulting operational insights can enable long-term asset management.

When you’re ready to take your drone program “in-house,” we can help you transition without interruption.

 

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TRANSFORM UTILITY DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS

Download our solution brief to learn how you can deploy drone-based solutions to safely and efficiently manage the electrical distribution pole lifecycle. You’ll learn:

  • How to strengthen asset management with drone-based aerial intelligence
  • Our electrical distribution solution, a comprehensive platform featuring flight operations, our software programs, PrecisionFlight and PrecisionAnalytics, and reporting
  • Three common strategies in data collection using drone-based technology 

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TRANSFORM UTILITY TRANSMISSION OPERATIONS

Learn how you can deploy drone-based solutions to effectively manage the transmission tower lifecycle in our free solution brief. We’ve seen results through our work with some of the biggest utilities companies:

  • Less downtime due to unforeseen damage
  • Fewer helicopter missions
  • Higher accuracy: Drone-based CVIs uncover 42% more areas of concern (AOC) than ground-based and helicopter-based inspections can uncover
  • A 28% reduction in inspection costs

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Put Aerial Intelligence to Work on the Line

Don’t just collect data—get insights. Use our intuitive reporting system to resolve issues or integrate data into asset management systems.

Add drones to a range of utility operations, including:

  • Comprehensive visual inspection (CVI)

    • Nuts & Bolt integrity

    • Cotter keys

    • Insulators

  • Routine and fault inspections

    • Leaning poles

    • Vegetation issues

    • Damaged cross arms

    • Wire issues

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Commercial Drone Operations Software

Efficiently manage a drone fleet. PrecisionHawk’s Drone Management System (DMS) enables program supervisors and operators to:

  • Input flight logs

  • Track aircraft utilization and maintenance

  • View hardware and pilot deployments

  • Record pilot qualifications

  • Report incidents and aggregate lessons learned

 

Using DMS, drone program managers maximize their fleet’s utilization, ensure regulatory compliance, and better protect the safety of their workers.

Harness the Power of Advanced Drone Technology

By working with PrecisionHawk, Utility leaders can employ the latest in remote sensing technology. Our team of PhD-holding data scientists and solutions engineers hand-select hardware configurations that deliver the most precise and repeatable data outcomes. Measure slight line sag, capture assets beneath vegetation, and calculate minuscule temperature differentials on solar panels—that’s the power of advanced, drone-based sensing.

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Results

Replace Costly and Dangerous Helicopter Flights

According to a CBS Denver report, Xcel Energy in Colorado estimates flying drones BVLOS will cost between $200 and $300 per mile compared to helicopter flights that cost an average of $1,200 to $1,600 per mile.

One of the top five largest gas and electric utility companies in the U.S. by market value reported that the cost of drone-based VLOS inspection is “extremely competitive with the helicopters” while significantly reducing the risk of fatal accidents.

Another utility company—one that brings electricity and gas to nine million customers each day—operates a self-service model in which linemen are given small multirotor drones in their toolkits, and they fly VLOS to inspect structures without having to climb them, saving time and increasing safety margins.

When to fly BVLOS (and when not to)

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Why PrecisionHawk?

We’ve built our offerings to scale. From investing in geospatial science expertise to understanding the regulatory environment, we’re able to support a one-time flight or a fully integrated enterprise aerial intelligence program.

 

The World’s Largest Commercial Drone Pilot Network

More than 15,000 licensed operators are available to fly any site in the United States within 24 to 72 hours.

Regulatory management

All our FAA Part 107 certified and insured pilots follow PrecisionHawk’s OSHA-compliant Standard Operating Procedures and an FAA-defined Safety Management System. We also hold an  “A” grade from ISNet.

Fast, actionable intelligence

It’s not a PDF or a pile of photos. We offer a web interface with a report you can integrate into your asset management systems.

Leaders in Drone-based Geospatial Science

Our industry-leading team of Ph.D. and remote sensing-accredited geospatial scientists ensure the quality and accuracy of data outcomes.

Experts in Advanced Remote Sensing Hardware

We help you select the best sensor for the job, and understand the unique needs of utilities.

Services and solutions to help you manage your infrastructure

Want to further integrate drones into your preventive maintenance and incident recovery programs? We offer a full suite of services that strengthen the data value chain. The result: You can manage your infrastructure efficiently and effectively.  

Colin Snow, Skylogic Research

"We think [PrecisionHawk's recent acquisitions] position the firm as a leading service provider for companies wanting to perform asset inspections—specifically those companies in the oil & gas, insurance, and utility industries that need BVLOS operations."

 

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Whether you are looking to improve uptime, save money on time-consuming field operations or protect the safety of your workers, we provide a flexible, compliant and cost-effective approach.

 
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