Drones used for pipeline and facility design and inspection

As part of a trend toward increasingly data-driven surveying and aerial mapping, HGA is utilizing our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program to capture more data in less time than ever before. The UAVs deliver hands-off visualization of pipelines and facilities, providing more safe and cost-effective solutions than traditional means.

HGA is a forerunner among companies using autonomous drone solutions to deliver aerial mapping products. Pipeline UAVs are equipped with GPS technology and high-resolution cameras to capture hundreds of georeferenced images. These images are then processed to result in survey-grade accuracy for planning, design, and layout operations, all of which help us and out clients reduce collection/inspection time, for faster analysis and monitoring. The use of this technology is resulting in safer operations, more accurate project plans, faster delivery of drawings, and lower costs for our clients.

Traditional UAVs need to be flown from the ground by a pilot, resulting in slower, less consistent results. We utilize autonomous flight plans with pre-programmed waypoints using GPS coordinates, which allows the drone to scan the site faster. Using Mission Planner software, we plan the flight path, aiming for maximum coverage of the job site. It also controls the camera to gather high-resolution map images, resulting in more accurate project development plans.

UAVs promise enhanced data collection, and we are proving their value. HGA’s goals for our drone program are to provide clients with higher quality deliverables, decrease human intervention, and ultimately increase safety.