The Benefits of Automated Workflows in the Cell Tower Inspection Industry
Transmission and telecommunication towers play a significant role in the communications industry. With tens of thousands of assets per country, tracking the exact equipment mounted on each tower and its condition is a challenging task, so regular inspection are required to align the available records with reality.
In the USA alone, there are about 300,000 towers. The traditional method of tower inspection involves manually taking photographs and measurements. This requires that skilled workers climb the towers, usually in remote areas, making the process dangerous and inefficient.
Drone technology, automated flights and reality modeling are now being rapidly adopted by the communications industry for capturing data around the asset, enabling significant cost savings, eliminating health and safety risks associated with tower climbs, and reducing the time required to assess tower conditions. Furthermore, the 3D reality models provide real-world digital context to the stakeholders providing them with up-to-date information to better manage and maintain their assets.
In this presentation David and Sylvain will:
• Present the benefits of automated reality modeling workflows for communication towers inspection
• Expose the best practices for capturing data around vertical assets
• Demonstrate automation of flight using a dedicated flight planner application
• Present a use case demonstrating the end-to-end cell tower solution