With this project, Elia wants to test how drone technologies can improve the quality and efficiency of this very important task and at the same time avoid risk for our colleagues. Two aspects are being tested:
- Generation of an auto flight plan: At present, a drone pilot needs to carefully operate the drone around the infrastructure while someone else is taking pictures from the camera attached to the drone. With this project, an application will automatically control the drone around the tower and will take pictures at fixed positions, with fixed angles.
- Post-processing of the collected pictures: As mentioned above, inspections of our lines generate a number of pictures. To facilitate all this data, as well as optimizing its potential use, new post-processing techniques and data management systems will be needed. One of the most promising techniques available today is the use of Artificial Intelligence to automatically recognize defects.
Many companies have already demonstrated the technical feasibility of these processes. Our goal is to determine the maturity and scalability of the tools available on the market today.