FlyTech UAV, Polish drone manufacturer presents innovative and cost-effective drone solution for power grid inspections, as an alternative to LiDAR systems.
The company recently developed the portfolio of products dedicated to power engineering and a tailor-made offer of drone services for energy sector. The unique in-house algorithm allows for power line recognition, based on photographs from UAV.
– We develop the solution which is an alternative to costly LiDAR inspection. We can acquire high-quality visual, thermal and metric data, including the full 3D inventory. Of course with surveygrade accuracy – explains Pawel Wiacek, photogrammetry specialist at FlyTech UAV.
The company equips their fixed wing drone BIRDIE with full-frame 42 Mpix camera for data acquisition. After completed flight, photographs are processed with the use of in-house algorithm. It is possible to generate the 3d power grid model and complex tree trimming report, describing the distance between power lines and the vegetation.
The solutions is highly productive: it is possible to map up to 12 km of power lines in a single flight. The platform BIRDIE is easy-to-use as it flies autonomously according to the mission pattern, without the need of manual inputs. Moreover, it has an unlimited 4G LTE connectivity, which gives a possibility to conduct BVLOS flights.
Main advantages of the solution:
– Cost-effectiveness of UAV BIRDIE photogrammetric system, comparing to UAV systems integrated with LiDAR
Figure 1: Drones can be an alternative to costly lidar inspections. In the picture – BIRDIE from FlyTech UAV
– Productivity – the efficient flying wing platform can map up to 12 km of power lines in a single flight – Innovative algorithm – automation of spatial data acquisition
Figure 3: 3D power line model. The pilot mission with the use of new technology was the inspection for power energy provider in Poland. The mission pattern involved 12 km of power lines, divided into several sections. FlyTech UAV prepared the 3D power grid model, inspection report and tree trimming report.
FlyTech UAV is a Poland-based professional drone manufacturer, on the market since 2013. In 2017 the company launched their flagship flying wing – UAV BIRDIE – a complete mapping solution, which is now sold across Europe and Asia. Currently, FlyTech UAV is planning to commercialize the portfolio of services and products dedicated to power engineering.