Inspection drones have come a long way over the past few years with applications in infrastructure, construction, energyand mining. So, it’s no surprise that UAV technology is soaring into a new sector – mold and water-damage inspection.
Last week, Miami Mold Specialistsannounced the launch of a new drone-inspection service dedicated to infrared inspection. The new system will allow technicians to map buildings for signs of damage due to excess moisture, humidity, water leaks, wind or water damage, as well as “potential mold hot spots.”
Marty Katz, Miami Mold Specialists operations manager explains:
“As the demand for comprehensive mold inspections and mold removal services has been gradually increasing since Hurricane Irma, Miami Mold Specialists decided to launch this new state-of-the-art business division to stay on top of the documentation and images insurance companies require and to allow our specialists to be able to get a big-picture view of the structure and any potential problematic areas quickly and efficiently.”
According to a company press release, Miami Mold Specialists is one of only a handful of indoor air quality, mold inspection and mold remediation companies in South Florida to deploy the new mold inspection solution.
As companies seek cheaper and less dangerous ways to inspection buildings and infrastructure, drones are increasingly fitting a variety of needs:
- In 2016, Skyworks launched Blue VU, a software suite specifically designed for oil and gas companies for remote inspection of assets. The suite organizes and sorts thousands of UAV images; tracks and controls inspection workflows and supports synchronized, multimodal exploration of UAV images using 3D point clouds, 3D building models, and 2D maps.
- Last year, Canadian-based SkyX announced a plan to target the multi-billion pipeline monitoring market with drones capable of recharging themselves and, according to the firm, offering maximum range at a minimum cost.
- Silent Falcon UAS Technologies created a solar/electric, fixed wing, long-range drone system to inspect and monitor oil and gas production and distribution assets.
- General Electric is testing autonomous drones to inspect refineries, factories and railroads.
- In July, Kespry, a leading aerial intelligence platform provider, announced the CRU Group (Catastrophe Response Unit Adjusters) will use its drone solutions to support the company’s global insurance claims/inspection operations.