Aerial Inspection of Energy Infrastructure

We fly around electrical power lines and substations, dam walls and hydro power plants, wind parks and PV plants, open mines, pipelines, etc. and help our clients in their mandatory inspections and emergency situations.

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What We Do

Detailed vision for critical decisions

Our custom-built drones take high-resolution images and video of all kinds of energy infrastructure. We empower utilities to improve their grid asset management by collecting quality data and analyzing it with cutting-edge software.

Faster Problem Recognition

Infrastructure inspections are crucial and challenging for utilities. Employees are often limited when it comes to fast reaction, heights or risky terrains. Traditional examination methods such as on-foot patrols, helicopters or industrial climbers are costly, time-consuming and often produce data of insufficient quality. Using Power Drone for asset inspection saves operational and maintenance expenses, minimizes equipment failure, prevents safety issues and ultimately improves service quality.

CAPABILITIES

Empowering effective and precise inspections

We perform aerial inspections to collect the type of data that is most needed to meet the specific client’s need – our drones can be equipped with either high resolution or thermographic cameras, sensor detection equipment, lidar scanners or geiger counters.



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APPLICATIONS

Seeing the Whole Picture

Regular examination of energy assets

Emergency malfunction detection

Evaluation and mapping of grid assets

BENEFITS

A New Level of Energy Inspections

Effective maintenance

Efficiency is the cornerstone of our operation. Our drones make a series of high-quality areal pictures from different angles ready to be fed into utilities’ GIS systems. We enable utilities to perform more accurate current and predictive energy assets assessment, minimizing maintenance costs and service disruptions.


Faster restoration of electricity service

Power Drone’ technology reduces significantly the time to identify the fault and restore power in case of outages compared to traditional methods. It is less affected by difficult terrains, employee availability or night conditions. Utilities can clearly see the problem via our HD video / thermo-cameras, pinpoint its location using GPS and start working on the resolution.


Significant cost reduction

Power Drone reduces utilities’ OPEX by minimizing the number of site visits by trained professionals and covering hundreds of meters in each flight. Compared to conventional methods our inspections are at least two times faster and more cost-effective, leading to minimum 25-30 % reduction of OPEX expenses for assets monitoring.


Improved assets management

Better observation and timely repairs of critical areas are crucial for long-term asset management. By significantly improving the quality of inspections we make sure that utilities have all the information they need to manage and operate a working energy infrastructure.


Eliminating inspection hazards

Safety first. Power Drone inspections enable the exploration of dangerous heights, high-voltage areas and hard-to-reach locations without putting employees at risk.


Services

Detecting current and potential issues

We fly both quad-copter and fixed-wing systems in order to optimally meet utilities’ requirements and expectations.

GPS mapping

Provides utilities with the GPS enabled photos ready to be integrated in their GIS system.

3D surface modeling

Displays the power lines over a 3D model of the area which allows pole elevation tracking.

3D vegetation analyses

Shows 360° up-to-date and precise environment around the power lines to identify dangerous vegetation and prevent power outages.

Multiple angle photos

Creates a dossier containing detailed photos from different angles for each inspected pole, enabling better problem recognition.

Thermo-camera observation

Captures the invisible to the naked eye power leakages thus preventing loss of energy.

Illegal structures detection

Detects out-of-regulation buildings within the power line servitude, prevents security issues and hampered access to the grid.

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About Us

Power Drone is a company part of the BICA family and has successfully executed projects with several utilities in Bulgaria. We leverage BICA's extensive energy sector understanding to deliver best-in-class aerial energy infrastructure inspections. Our combined expertise allows us to provide high-quality, tailor-made solutions that give tangible benefits to utilities.