Over the summer, we had the chance to partner with Innergex on a local project. Innergex is a global independent renewable energy company, operating in Canada, the US, France and Chile. We worked with them to inspect a run-of-river, hydro electric operation on Ashlu creek, 35km outside of Squamish, BC.
Using our automated drone based software, we helped them inspect a 230KV transmission line built in 2006. One of the main challenges Innergex was looking to address was getting detailed condition information for the components at the top of the structure. As you can see from the picture below, it would pretty challenging to do on foot.
It can be difficult to get at all the required vantage points and view angles of the components at the top from a foot patrol especially in rugged terrain with dense vegetation.
Thanks to the flexibility offered by a drone based inspection, we were able to detect issues that would have been otherwise difficult to identify with a conventional approach. This, combined with our prioritized inspection report, which integrates asset GIS locations and inspection findings, allowed Innergex to easily updated their maintenance plan accordingly.
Satisfied with the result of the project, we’re excited to continue our collaboration with Innergrex in expanding this inspection approach to the rest of their overhead asset fleet for a routine annual inspection program!
This is just another example of how to integrate drones into inspection programs. Our vision is to use automated, drone based inspection software to improve safety and cost efficiency while reducing outages and liability. You can learn more at aeriosense.com