October 28, 2021
Track Your Worksite Accurately With Drone Data & Analytics
From flight operations to infrastructure support, drone analytics help companies capture intelligence from the sky. With the advent of technology, the past few years have seen a sharp rise in opportunities for captured and processed data using drones. Drone captured images aid infrastructural optimization and enable companies to digitize field operations.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a significant role in the intelligent data processing of drones. Drones collect large amounts of data sets, which are then processed using AI based drone analytics softwares like Spectra to generate the required results. Surveyors and other earthwork professionals can save a lot of time, hassle and money on drone missions with the help of Drone Data and Analytics.
What is Drone Data?
A drone hovers over an inspection area to carefully capture multiple sets of images in accordance with particular task specifications. Aerial Intelligence is acquired by it’s key ingredient known as Drone Data. Before being called Drone Data, the images captured by drones undergo the following steps:
An organized, cohesive and usable data set is created by identifying, arranging and stitching together thousands of images captured
- Temperatures are measured with the help of thermal imagery
- Data products are accurately geo-located and measured for processing drone data
Drone data enable companies to derive insights like:
- The degree to which insulators are degraded
- Classification of the severity of damage on a wind turbine blade
- Identifying any damages to the solar panel string, module or sub-module
The images captured by a drone are tracked for checking:
- Progress on a construction site
- The amount of material that is being used in a stockpile
- The rate at which turbine blade defect severity is increasing
- Various energy asset owners can compare data sets with other similar data sets across their sites for a better understanding of Drone Data
Drone Data can be of different types, for example:
- Flight data: Drones efficiently track the flight data by focusing on the length of flight, number of flights, manual flight logging and the telemetry of the drone. Enabling transparency in drone programs, the flight data allows the pilot as well as the management to track various drone programs and their progress & efficiency over time.
- Sensor data: Images, videos, photogrammetry, thermal image readings and LiDAR (light detection and ranging) are collected and stored by the drone sensor data.
- Key observation data: This data enables the data analysts, pilots and key stakeholders of a company to store everything in one place
- Flight planning data: Data that includes KML files, GPS waypoints and specific camera actions is planned and organized with the help of drone flight planning data.
- Asset data: It is essential for a successful drone program to track its physical assets and monitor the different drones flying for different missions. Asset data enables companies to track drone damages for detecting repair needs and to assign drones to specific pilots.
- Personnel data: This data keeps a track of program managers, mission pilots and analysts for specific flights.
- Weather and airspace data: The key to a successful drone flight program is access to airspace. Businesses must track the airspace and weather conditions to ensure efficient drone flight mission results.
Benefits of Drone Data Analysis to Businesses
If a transmission tower loses connectivity during a drone mission, a lineman needs to climb the tower to fix the issues. To begin with, this is a dangerous task in itself. Adding to the obstacles, going up the tower often includes passing through difficult terrains. This approach involves high risks and demands a lot of time & money. This is where a drone mission comes to the rescue. With readily available drone pilots, the entire tedious and time consuming manual procedure can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Drones render the mission operators with higher work efficiency and saved time.
Highly accurate results
If you compare the end results of a manually conducted inspection with a drone mission, you’ll see that the manual results mirror Drone Data with 99% accuracy. Generating accurate results and saving time, drone flight missions are the way to go.
Can be manipulated for further analysis
The data gathered by a manual inspector is usually a photo or spreadsheet. On the other hand, Drone Data can be analyzed from different angles and manipulated for generating quick and accurate results.
Has a very long life (almost forever)
Recorded using a drone software solution, the Drone Data lives forever from the moment it is captured. In manual inspection, all the data lives in the inspector’s head. Drone missions recorded using Drone Data allow the collected information to process over time. Businesses can perform a yearly basis analysis and comparison easily.
Unified access to data exploration
Businesses can make more informed decisions by comparing different data sets for gathering rich insights over time. The thermal data and the condition of drones can be viewed for generating effective & efficient results. Plan overlays can be compared based on as-built and as-designed. 2D maps, 3D models, panoramas, photos and videos can be explored in a single drone solution.
Collaborate from anywhere
Drone missions demand an up-to-date and interactive visual record of the ongoing projects for maintaining the agility and flexibility to:
- Access the latest data and receive updates about the same
- Explore photos, videos, panoramas and maps on any device
- Add measurements, annotations and comments to any 2D and 3D map
Measure several parameters before reporting
Drone missions need quick access for addressing issues faster. Drone Data can help companies to:
- Accurately measure the distance, volume and slope
- Generate stockpile reports by quantifying inventory
- Evaluate and validate procedures with earthwork analysis
Saving time and improving accuracy, Drone Data assists drone missions by automating counting and other manual tasks. Rely on the latest technology and strong database to accomplish successful drone missions with Skylark Drones.