Using Drones for Inspection

Using drones for Inspection
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are increasingly used for inspection of towers, pipelines and other structures.

This presentation discusses the growing use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for inspections. In recent years, commercial and emergency services significantly increased their usage of drones for inspections of towers, pipelines, industrial plants, and for agriculture. This complimentary seminar provides a concise overview of the concepts required for these kinds of drone inspections.

Drones were widely used before and after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. From news coverage to insurance inspections, this technology allowed organizations across numerous industries to quickly and safely assess and inspect storm damage. With the ever-expanding use of unmanned aircraft evident, the UAS industry seems to be at a precipice of commercial development regarding drone inspections.

Despite its elevated usage, these inspections are still a sensitive subject with several ethical elements involved. For example, a drone flying over a home for a roof inspection in a confined neighborhood could raise concerns about the neighbors’ right to privacy. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect power lines could cause apprehension since some aircraft fly beyond visual line of sight.

During this webinar, Dr. Scott Burgess discusses these important issues and educates attendees about this specialty drone application. The course encompasses an introduction to inspection types, flight operations, data collections and sUAS regulations. Additionally, Dr. Burgess discusses factors essential to conducting safe and effective inspection operations.

The 60-minute complimentary session concludes with a moderated live question-and-answer period.

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About this Presenter

Dr. Scott Burgess has 32 years of aviation experience with both military and civil aviation organizations. He is an active researcher and faculty in the Department of Flight at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Associate Professor Burgess operates a dozen small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in both multi-copters and fixed wing platforms with RGB, FLIR and multi-spectral payloads. Burgess conducts flight operations and testing on and near his ranch in remote areas of Texas. 

He joined with other faculty and students in Oklahoma in May of 2017 to capture and broadcast live post-tornado imagery to the state capitol and yield this imagery and real-time information to first responders and impacted residents. Dr. Burgess develops UAS curricula and consults on sUAS operations and integration for missions such as agriculture, construction, reconnaissance, law enforcement, search and rescue, and more.

Please join us for this informative and free webinar, courtesy of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide. Register today.

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