Utilization of commercial-grade drones in inspections and aerial modelling offer several advantages for resource segment as these reduce survey costs, saves times, as well as enhances safety. An Australia based inspections and asset visualization company, Airscope, recently used Intel’s Falcon™ drone for experiencing these benefits more by developing 3D-models of complete hydrocarbon processing facilities located at the North West shelf of Australia as well as one located in Cooper Basin. This brought the field into boardroom for more efficient asset management.
According to a report released by PwC “Industry 4.0” digital industrialization is expected to revenue worth US$421 and will reduce costs as the same time. 3-D modelling of resource assets by such companies would transform the complete industry. The commercial airline pilots were trained by the Chief Controller and director of Airscope, Chris Leslie and Francois Alberts respectively. These two men reshaped their careers for working with software, geospatial, as well s survey specialists for developing new ways of physical assets management for companies.
Leslie adds, “When people think of drones operating in industrial applications, they think of inspections collecting data from hard-to-reach places. Our business has evolved beyond this where the real efficiencies and return on investment for the client come from providing a digital 3-D representation of their physical assets. We made the transition to asset visualization because UAV inspection only gave clients a fraction of the story; without context, the full potential of images captured cannot be realized. So now we create a virtual canvas of the entire site using airborne photogrammetry, ground photogrammetry and laser scanning. Once the virtual canvas is created, you can paint any operational or planning data on it, to serve as a human medium to access and interact with big data.”
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