Scott Grimm

Do inspections without video?

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Cool, so now that we've narrowed the focus a bit, what specifically would you be inspecting on wind and cell phone towers? Have you spoken with any companies yet to understand what they'd need?

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I would inspect every part of the top of the wind generator to see if there's something wrong. And for cell towers I would inspect the whole thing or just the top. I haven't spoken with any companies that do inspections 

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It's hard to tell what kind of background you have in either of these niches based on your questions, but I'm under the impression that you have no contacts or no specific track record in either industry.

That's fine!

Just means you've got an uphill battle ahead of you. Lots and lots of research and phone calls and trying to position yourself in the market.

If you want to offer this kind of service...you can do it. You just need to go for it. It's not going to be easy.

Here's an excerpt from this article that might be helpful:

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To be clear, Fluke Networks has not built a drone. What it has done is adapted its Wireless Work Advisor and AirMagnet Spectrum ES platforms for a new, drone-friendly suite that puts both tools into a small Windows tablet, which rides as payload on a decent-quality drone.

Benefits include the ability to inspect tower conditions and gather device inventory with high-resolution video and photos. The suite also handles spectrum analysis, signals cataloguing, and a wide range of cell-site maintenance and troubleshooting chores that don't need to be done by a human being hanging on by a safety belt hundreds of feet in the air.

And here's another excerpt from this other article that might be helpful:

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Transmitting live, high resolution photography which management can see on the ground or from the desktop, any urgent decision making regarding follow up maintenance or repair procedures can be taken without delay.  Data can be stored and compared with each inspection, allowing for maintenance scheduling and budgeting.

Finally, here's an excerpt from this third article you might find helpful:

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Now, increasingly, companies are sending drones up to do the scouting.

“Deterioration can cause reduced energy production in early stages and catastrophic and costly blade collapse if left unnoticed,” Navigant says. “This is driving a brisk business in wind turbine blade inspections, a role that has traditionally been accomplished from the ground with simple visual inspections or more complicated and risky rope or platform access. A new approach using unmanned aerial vehicles... is rapidly muscling in as a middle option.”

Indeed, trade magazines have already been hyping the rise of wind turbine repair bots like AutoCopter—large, sturdy drones that can ascend quickly and observe the system in HD video. And companies like Aibotix are marketing its drones specifically to wind turbine companies.

 

 

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