Survey by Drones
Bureau Veritas is increasingly working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as drones, to perform unit inspections. The use of drone solutions improves onboard safety for inspectors. It also reduces the need for scaffolding, which otherwise entails a lengthy construction and deconstruction process – and associated costs.
We offer a simple, five-step plan for conducting drone-based inspections: qualification and audit of a client’s selected drone company; drone preparation; inspection execution; picture analysis; and final report validation. Looking forward, Bureau Veritas sees an exciting future for drone development, including laser 3D mapping of internal and external structures, bespoke drones, carrier drones bringing supplies, and IR inspection onboard for assets and for external analysis of greenhouse gases.
Drones provide improved inspection methods for multiple aspects of client units. They can complete closed visual inspection (CVI), global visual inspection, (GVI), visual inspection of piping, flare inspection, and external hull inspection with extreme speed and accuracy.
One of the primary advantages of drones is the reduction of scaffolding, which takes time to construct and deconstruct. Drones also offer an improved view of unit defects, increase the speed and traceability of inspection, and can change their field of view at a lower cost.
Bureau Veritas is at the forefront of research and development in the use of drones for maritime inspections. We have joined the RECOMMS drones project, a program to develop drones capable of inspecting steel structures in enclosed spaces. Our goal is to develop a steady, stable, and reliable drone that can follow a pre-determined flight path.
MatthewsDaniel , a Bureau Veritas subsidiary, provides live loss adjusting services using state-of-the-art drone technology. Adjusters are equipped with drones that provide real-time, live feed imaging capabilities. This enables Matthews Daniel adjusters and key stakeholders to assess the nature and severity of damage, even in remote areas.