Drone Inspection Services

Increasing speed and safety whilst reducing costs

Using drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV) for Aerial Surveys, Onshore & Offshore Inspection with CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) drone operators

DKB Inspection Services provides drone inspection services for our clients. The fastest and safest form of visual inspection for: Wind Turbines, Gas and Oil platforms, Power Lines, Communication masts and Buildings and Infrastructures, by utilising the most advanced industrial drones. We can access areas that are too difficult or dangerous for traditional rope access methods. From takeoff, we can be in position to inspect with the drone in minutes and capture high resolution stills and film for instant review.

Please contact us to see how we can help with your inspection needs. 

Drone Inspection Services with a DJI Matrice 210

  • Industrial Drones

    Our pilots fly the most rugged drones available, the DJI Matrice 210 and Inspire series. The DJI Matrice 210 has a weather and water resistant body rated to IP43. As such it’s well equipped to handle work in almost any weather, which means less down time due to precipitation and strong winds. Abel to withstand wind speeds of 12 m/s (26mph) with incredible stability.

    Designed for exceptional versatility, our Matrice 210’s can be fitted with dual gimbal that lets you choose from multiple payload configurations, including upward facing camera perfect for surveying hard to access underdecks and bridges.

  • Drone Payloads

    Our UAV’s are fitted with dual battery power redundancy and self-heating batteries, dual IMU’s for more precision flying, obstacle sense and avoidance sensors and with an impressive flight time of 38 minutes and an operating temptation -20 to 45c. The units can be fitted with a number of cameras including the Zenmuse X4S, X5S, Z30 and Thermal XT/XT2.

  • Our pilots

    David Bailey - MICorr
    UAV Pilot - NACE Level 3 Coating Inspector - NACE Senior Corrosion Technologist

    With 20 years safe working experience in the industry of corrosion control and protective coatings with hands on experience.

    David Macgill
    UAV Pilot - Production - Editing - Design

    Working in the digital creative sector for 17 years, his skill sets include Corporate Film Production, Editing, Photography and Graphic Design for web and print.

  • Drone Inspection Sectors

    • Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines
    • Power Lines, Transmission Towers
    • Masts and Towers
    • Onshore and Offshore Flare Stacks
    • Bridge Inspections
    • Roof and Buildings
  • Our Clients

Wind Turbine Drone Inspection Services

Using drones to inspect wind turbines is a safer, faster and more cost effective solution compared to traditional rope access. We carry out onshore drone inspection and offshore drone inspection. Our goal is to reduce rope access technicians exposure to working at heights and provide them with more accurate data so maintenance schedules become more cost effective and efficient.

Having regular checks of your wind turbines throughout and beyond their warranty periods to track the progression of damage and development of damage, will prolong the operational lifespan.

Traditionally a wind turbine would be inspected by a 3 person rope access team with climbers descending each blade in turn in a very time consuming and costly manner. Our aim isn't to replace rope access teams but to assist them with safer, faster and more accurate data gathering for maintenance schedules.

Typically our team would inspect both suction and pressure sides as well as leading and trailing edges, the tower and the nacelle if required. Undertaking 4-6 inspections in one day depending on environmental conditions.

Contact us to see how we can help with your inspection needs. 

How to inspect a Wind Turbine with a drone
  • Define standard guidelines for defect values
  • Data gathering with drone on site
  • Inspection of data by MICorr technician
  • Report submission

Power Line Drone Inspection Services

Traditional power line inspections are one of the most hazardous, costly and difficult forms of inspection to carry out. With demand for continuous power higher than ever, even the smallest outage can be incredibly costly to compensate.

A traditional power line inspection team would take half a day to inspect one pylon but with drone Power Line inspection we can inspect one pylon in around 30 minutes. We can also check for incursions on up to 1km of power lines from a single position in minutes. 

Get in touch to see how we can help with your inspection needs. 

Inspecting Power Lines with drones
  • Define standard guidelines for defect values
  • Data gathering with drone on site
  • Inspection of data by MICorr technician
  • Report submission

Flare Tips Drone Inspection Services

Using drones to inspect flare tips for visual and thermal damage whilst they are still online and live can save millions of dollars per site. We can assess the flare tips from as far away as 50 meters using the DJI Zenmuse Z30 which gives us 30x optical zoom capabilities.

Once the data is gathered it will be assessed by an MICorr technician and a report will be compiled for maintenance schedules. 

Onshore of offshore Flare Tip drone inspection
  • Flare Tip
  • Pilot Ignition
  • Radiation Shield
  • Support Structures
  • Platforms, gantries & handrails
  • Pipework
DJI Matrice 210 Pylon Inspection
Piling Template Inspection
Wind Turbine Inspection
Drone Inspection Safety
We utilise industry leading drones and cameras to provide the highest quality film and stills possible. The DJI Zenmuse Z30 camera is the most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera available and is capable of 30x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom, that combined creates 180x magnification. This magnification utilises state of the art stabilisation from the camera and the drones 3 axis gimbal meaning we can operate at safe distance of 15-20 meters from any structure we are inspecting.

Our everyday working activities adhere to the safest working culture approach, regularly taken part in incident free to ensure that all our employees maintain a safe working environment for everybody.

Downtime & Cost Saving

By utilising UAVs for aerial survey and inspection our clients can reduce cost, risk and environmental impact. UAVs have the benefit of being less intrusive than erecting scaffolding, using man handling equipment or rope access. Saving time and money, this quick, cost effective and safer inspection solution can be used for numerous applications.

As an example of the huge safety, time and cost savings, a traditional rope access team inspecting a wind turbine would require a 3 man team and take 3 days to inspect one turbine, using UAVs we can carry out a turbine inspection with 2 pilots in around 45 to 90 minutes depending on the number of findings and we never have to make contact with the structure or fly within 15-20 meters at any point. 

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Fully Qualified & Certified
  • CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO)
  • IRATA Rope Access
  • Nace & ICorr Coating
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Insulation Inspection

Tel: +44 (0) 191 423 2526

Mob: +44 (0) 7718 478 290

Email: dkbinspectionservices@gmail.com

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