Process said to save $1 million to $5 million per day, compared to conventional methods, due to potential production loss
Aerial inspection and surveying specialist Cyberhawk used Intel UAV (drone) technology to inspect a gas terminal in St Fergus, Scotland. According to Intel, inspection with the Intel Falcon 8+ system, instead of conventional methods, reduced employee risk, increased speed and accuracy, and saved $1 million to $5 million per day in potential production loss during the mission.
Traditional inspections of this scale require facility shutdowns, which could take days to weeks to bring the plant offline and make accessible for workers, who rely on harnesses and cable equipment to hang mid-air while manually collecting information on the structure. “In the last 20 years that I’ve worked in the inspection industry, drones are the biggest single change we’ve seen to-date,” said Chris Fleming, Cyberhawk CEO.
“Flying in Scotland, the devices have to withstand strong winds,” Fleming said. “The Intel Falcon is perfect for that because it has the highest wind tolerance and the best power-to-weight ratio of any platform on the market.”
The Intel Falcon 8+ drone deployed for this mission captured 1,100 images, translating to 12GB of data, over the span of one to two days. This would have typically taken a three-man team three days to achieve. These analytics can be used for asset maintenance including pre-maintenance inspection, repair work, resource planning, maintenance prioritisation and more.
“The way we conduct inspections is changing,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager within Intel’s New Technology Group. “Drones make inspection workflows faster, cheaper and safer. The technology is mature enough to be adopted into the workflows of our customers.”
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