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ROAV Inspection from ITCL

Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAV) offer many advantages for the inspection of hard-to-reach and dangerous environments. Our aerial vehicles can capture extremely high-resolution stills, 4K video and thermal imaging.

ITCL is ISO9001 and OHSAS 18801 accredited. All ROAV pilots have full UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permissions to Operate and carry £5m public liability Insurance.

Our software features GPS capability and automated flight control, meaning that repeatable patterns of surveys are possible. These surveys can highlight degradation of equipment and structures or changes over time can be measured and monitored.

ITCL can carry out 3D photogrammetry, including carrying LIDAR payloads, which enables accurate 3D modelling and the presentation of data if required.

Inspection Using ROAVs

Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV) Inspection can be used in a wide variety of applications over land or water. At ITCL we have the capability to design and adapt aircraft, payload, sensor systems and software to complete any inspection conceived, using current technology, if not listed below.

ITCL can deliver high resolution conventional still images, 4K video images, still and video thermal images and 3D models if required.

Land-Based and Coastal Survey:

  • Topographic Surveys
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • As-built surveys
  • Construction progress photography
  • Flood risk surveys
  • Volumetric analysis
  • Line of sight surveys
  • Site design
  • Route surveys
  • Marketing images
  • Flood risk surveys
  • Storm damage report
  • Canal surveys
  • Archaeological site recording
  • Historic building surveys
  • Coastal erosion surveys
  • Ecological surveys
  • Forestry management surveys
  • 3D modelling
  • Mast surveys
  • Live power line surveys

Industrial Services:

  • Wind Turbine blade inspection
  • Rail inspection
  • Thermal inspection
  • Solar farm inspection
  • Chimney inspection
  • Theme park ride inspection
  • Building surveys
  • Storage tank inspection
  • Live Flare inspection
  • Structural inspection
  • Bridge inspection
  • Emergency inspection
  • Cooling tower inspection

Marine/Offshore Surveys:

  • Survey collision damage
  • Evaluation of coating
  • Pre Dry Dock survey
  • Hull Condition survey
  • Storm Damage
  • Container inspection

 Main benefits of using UAV for the above applications

  • Reduce costs – we can typically survey >100 Ha (1km2) in a day
  • Save time – large areas surveyed up to 50 times faster than ground-based land surveying with multiple teams allowing rapid deployment
  • Improve safety – survey hazardous areas with minimal ground access and less time on site due to rapid data collection
  • Better information – vertical and oblique photography is combined with accurate topographic data, digital terrain modelling and volumetric analysis
  • We use GPS to map the area and provide 3d imagery.
  • Improve decision making – more detailed and up-to-date than off-the-shelf data

Why use ITCL?

  • Itcl are ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 accredited
  • We only employ qualified specialist technicians
  • We have extensive experience.
  • Our ROAV pilots are CAA approved.
  • CSWIP Level 2 Plant inspectors
  • We provide a full risk assessment and method statement prior to each project.
  • Broadcast quality 4K cameras
  • Sophisticated flight computers using the latest photogrammetwry and guidance software
  • Global Positioning and automated and repeatable mission planning< /li>
  • Computer stabilised airframe and cameras systems for ultra-detailed, ultra stabiulised images and video

Aircraft and Capabilities

Our ROAVs are a six-rotor aircraft, able to offer heavy lift capability coupled with greater redundancy and improved safety. Smaller four-rotor craft will be used in less-mission critical applications where higher endurance and automation is required such as solar farm surveys, where an automated, repeatable grid pattern is flown by the aircraft's computers.

All ITCL's aircraft provide a live feed of the aircraft's visuals, to ensure the data you need is being captured while in flight.

The setup time for inspections is greatly reduced compared to the complexity and preparation of rope work or other traditional systems when working at height. Our aircrafts are typically flying within 20 minutes of our pilots arriving on site.

Aerial survey can be as much as 50 times faster than conventional ground-based techniques

Safety is our primary concern and we are in our third year of operating remotely piloted aircraft, and our rigorous safety procedures ensure that we haven't had a single safety incident during that time. A risk assessment and Method Statement is compiled prior to every project.

Contact a member of the ITCL team on 0151 356 7118 for more information.

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For information on any of our services please contact us on +44 151 356 7118