Submersible Drone Inspections: A Marriage of Technology and Accuracy

There are many environments which are nearly impossible to inspect with traditional methods. Not only might such requirements pose a serious safety threat to an individual, but there are other situations when access is extremely limited. In the past, very few viable options existed. This would often result in poor maintenance practices and the premature failure of specific systems. The good news is that such concerns have been all but eliminated thanks to the advent of the modern remotely operated drone. Let us take a quick look at some of the major advantages of these units when performing underwater inspections as well as what additional applications can be addressed.

Preliminary Risk Assessments and Site Inspections

There are many times when a submersible drone will be required to inspect the current status of a location before a project can begin. By carrying out such tasks remotely, the user is not placed at risk and numerous objects (such as debris, blockages and similar obstructions) will be identified in a timely fashion.

Superior Levels of Visual Clarity and Extreme Manoeuvrability

Thank to modern digital technology, submersible drones are now associated with amazing levels of video clarity. This will enable the user to identify even the smallest of objects and imperfections; often critical during in-depth inspections. The same holds true in regards to the ability to manoeuvre within environments that would prove to be hazardous for humans. Thus, safety and accuracy are never called into question.

The Ability to Negotiate Tight and/or Dangerous Spaces

One of the core advantages of any type of submersible drone is that it is capable of working within extremely tight spaces due to its diminutive size. In fact, some areas (such as pipes and underwater support structures) might otherwise be entirely impossible to reach. As inspections often need to be carried out within challenging conditions, this capability is critical in terms of both safety and quality assurance. We should also mention that modern drones are quite durable, so the chances of a mechanical or electrical failure while submerged have been dramatically reduced.

Numerous Operational Environments

Flexibility is a final advantage worth highlighting. Submersible drones are able to operate within numerous underwater environments. These include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Rivers and canals
  • Underwater pipelines and tunnels
  • Coastal regions
  • Reservoirs
  • Fish farms and similar facilities

Drones are also relatively easy to operate and with the proper training, they can be manipulated to serve a plethora of purposes. As safety and accuracy are metrics which should never be taken for granted, it only makes sense that a growing number of organisations are leveraging this technology.

Are you curious to learn more about how our line of drones can tackle underwater inspections? If so, it is wise to contact one of our representatives. We will be quite happy to further explain their capabilities as well as to answer any additional questions.