Nov 23, 2018

How to create a context in your inspections

How to create a context in your inspections

Whether you want to inspect a bridge, wind turbine or building with a drone, missing context is the biggest reason for your unsuccessful success.

In the wind turbine industry an “info sheet” has been used for a long time.  It was held in front of the camera when the inspector hanged at the blade and took photos of the damage. The info sheet was filled with information about the wind turbine, the approximate position on the blade, and much other information.

A slow process, but it created value for the image and inspection.

Without this information, the image of the damage could in principle be on any blade on any wind turbine. And when you returned to the office after inspecting a whole wind farm, it became even worse to figure out which image belonged to which wind turbine – therefore useless without the information.

The same problem occurs if you have inspected a building facade. You have found damage to a window, but this window looks like the other 40 windows on the building. If you do not know exactly which window the damage is on, it’s pure guesswork and useless.

With a drone inspection, you cannot hold an info sheet in front of the camera every time you take a picture. Since the images cannot be provided with information in other ways and lack context, inspections of larger objects have not yet been a success.

This is the primary reason why inspections are still being made with expensive alternatives such as lifts, scaffolding, and rope access.

Until now…

Inspection Cloud obtains a lot of information from the images and places it all in context for you. You can see exactly where an image is captured in the context of the object along with the GPS position, height, and angle of the camera.

By marking a location on the image, the exact position is shown in a 3D Point Cloud of the object.

At the same time, you will see all other images that also include this location. This allows you to see the point from several angles, to better evaluate the scope of possible damage.

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Same damage shown in context to the object