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Powerline Inspections with UgCS Software

Infrastructure plays a vital part in ensuring operation of businesses and households. Therefore it is important to make sure the infrastructure is in good condition or to diagnose problems early on. When it comes to inspecting powerlines or data cables, drones are capable of surveying the cables and towers in a quick and cost-efficient manner.

To use drones for surveying powerlines or infrastructure, manual control of the drone is not optimal and at times not possible. UgCS allows to send the drone on an automated missions, allowing the drone to fly further and in a more predictable manner.

Inspecting the foundations of powerline towers

High resolution photo / video of powerlines and inspecting the foundations of powerline towers

UgCS allows planning longer routes which, in turn, allows covering a larger distance of powerlines. Larger mission can be interrupted to change the battery or do other adjustments and can be restarted from place of interruption. Furthermore, UgCS allows triggering the camera only when required, thus reducing the total number of images and the time needed for data analysis.

In UgCS it is possible to use Circle missions, which make the drone automatically fly around a certain point while facing towards it. This can be used together with video recording to film the tower from all positions.

Similarly as with photographs, video recording can be started and stopped from UgCS interface, thus reducing the total length of the video, which in turn is less likely to fill up the memory card of the camera.
Searching for objects under the powerlines

Corridor mapping, searching for objects under the powerlines

In UgCS the operator gets access to many special camera actions allowing to either trigger the camera on the drone by time (every X seconds) or by distance (every X meters). This is an essential tool for continuous photography and high quality 2D or 3D model generations. Also, with UgCS it is possible to plan missions at a certain altitude above sea level (AMSL). This can greatly increase the quality of 3D generated models.
In UgCS all of video recorded is referenced with telemetry, allowing the operator to see exactly where the drone was while filming it.

Finally, UgCS is not only capable of controlling drones equipped with photo and video cameras, it is also capable of controlling drones equipped with LIDAR.

To sum it up, here are the benefits of using UgCS for powerline inspections and infrastructure monitoring:

  • Drones are easy to set up and send on automated missions
  • Drones are capable of covering large distances while still providing the operator with detailed images or videos of the areas
  • Using custom maps and map data from own sources such as GIS.
  • UgCS allows to keep a database of all flights and videos with references to geolocations. All the flights can be replayed in the telemetry player.
  • Automatic flight is far better for creating 2D or 3D reproductions as it is capable of controlling a set altitude, heading, speed, all while triggering the camera at set locations.
  • UgCS allows to have a central ground station to which pilots in the field can connect so that all the drones flying at the same time can be monitored.