Sharper Shape providing new UAS inspection service for electric utilities



A company that provides UAS-based inspections called Sharper Shape Inc. has announced that electric utilities can now utilize the company’s new automatic detail inspection (ADI) service.

The ADI service has completed field trials, and it is available as a “complete end-to-end inspection package.” Companies also have the option of using their own aircraft and personnel, and can use Sharper Shape’s ADI “Drone Software as A Service” to “maximize the efficiency of their in-house drone operations.”

“Our new ADI service really minimizes the effort required to capture all the data needed to completely analyze the health of a utility system and to target the problem areas,” says Paul Frey, Sharper Shape’s vice president of sales, via Unmanned Aerial Online.

“UAS field crews can get a lot more done each day, with much more predictable and repeatable results.”

To start the inspection process, Sharper Shape’s ADI flight planner software automatically creates precise 3D models of powerlines by utilizing LiDAR data.

The software uses this geospatial data to create “optimized routes for automatically inspecting utility assets.”

To capture images of insulators, wire connections and other critical components at a “close range and from multiple angles,” DJI’s UAS autonomously follow these flight paths, and to cap off the inspection process, these images are uploaded to Sharper Shape’s cloud-based inspector application. Utility personnel can review field data using this platform.

Right now, electric transmission and distribution markets are the main markets that the ADI service is being marketed towards for use, but Sharper Shape is working on expanding the service to a broader range of industrial inspection applications.

Sharper Shape’s UAS, sensor systems and software services have been developed specifically to handle the requirements of the electric transmission and distribution industry.

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