In the past, small commercial UAS technology can be traced back to remote-controlled hobby aircraft, requiring significant skills to operate. However, rapid advancements in hardware and software including air stabilization, pre-flight planning tools, obstacle detection and avoidance technology have transformed these small aircraft into viable business tools that is likened to high-definition eyes in the sky,” says Chris Chung, Head of Strategic Research at Lloyd’s Register.
To unlock this potential, collaboration among industry partners throughout the value chain will be critical. In collaboration with Lloyd’s Register, Shell, Maersk Drilling and partners have conducted a number of pilots to assess UAS capabilities for inspection at heights and difficult areas.
The guidance notes from Lloyd’s Register will be updated regularly to provide industry with the latest practical information on issues such as how best to use UAS for inspection in confined spaces which is particularly relevant in energy and marine applications where Class surveys are needed, and which also improves safety for human life.
In the article Lloyd’s representatives talk about a number of very demanding inspection environments including the confined spaces referenced above. Their point is that not only can risk be reduced, but that the results will be much more repeatable than what human inspectors can accomplish.
I encourage you to go to the Lloyd’s Register site where there a number of case studies and whitepapers you can download. Lloyd’s is obviously one of the great names in insurance – I take their interest to be a very good thing for the upper end of the market.