Industrial chimneys use hazardous materials and deteriorate over time. A regular inspection is a proactive form of maintenance that uncovers many problems before they get worse. Drones are a fast and cost-effective — inspecting from a safe distance without affecting the structure itself.
Engineers With Drones have the industry experience to accurately identify areas that are deteriorating. Compiling the information into accurate, actionable reports.
Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras allow you to accurately assess the condition of a chimney. Infrared photographs can be used to detect extreme temperature differences that can locate otherwise unseen issues, such as concealed moisture damage and heat leakage.
Using ultra-high-definition cameras and zoom lenses we can pinpoint areas that are suffering from decay, cracks, erosion, corrosion and other damage. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing that issues that are causing, and have the potential to cause, serious problems will be found quickly and efficiently.
The use of drone 3D modelling technologies gives you the opportunity to inspect a digital twin of a chimney from the comfort of your office. This detailed replica can be inspected at a minute level, allowing you to make a record of any areas that are in need of attention. Issues such as poorly executed repairs, general damage and other potential weaknesses can be shared with your employees, suppliers and other shareholders at the click of a button.
The use of specialist impact-resistance technology deployed with our drones allows us to access areas that are otherwise too hazardous or difficult to reach. Get instant data from confined spaces without the time-consuming, labour-intensive and costly methods of the past, and with zero risk to personnel.
As licensed engineers, we also provide the expertise, understanding, and knowledge necessary to carry out a thorough inspection, with deliverables to match. Our skilled engineers are at the ready.
The Irish Aviation Authority has awarded Engineers with Drones full approval in accordance with the most recent European-wide EASA regulations.
To ensure that you always get the best possible service and cutting-edge deliverables, we purchase the most up-to-date drone technology as soon as it's available.
The operation of Engineers With Drones is governed by a comprehensive HSSE system. Our guiding principles are to reduce risk through rigorous assessment, and to maintain a high level of staff education and training.
We have 6.5 million in public and product liability insurance, and 13 million in employers' liability insurance. Engineers with Drones are fully insured to fly wherever you need.
As we're situated in Ireland, we can respond to your needs quickly, with zero travel complications.
As seasoned engineers in the field, we are aware of the trouble that shoddy reports and deliverables can create. For this reason, we provide you with exactly what you require.
Thanks to our fast turnaround times, your entire project can be completed in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, without any compromise in the quality of your deliverables.
In addition to quadrupling the resolution of an HD camera, 4K also gives you quicker frame rates, incredible contrast variations, and expanded colours. VR video takes the level of immersion and clarity to the next level.
The safety of your personnel and our own is paramount, and we place it at the forefront of our company culture. Ask us about our HSSE systems and practices.
Drones aren't just for flying up in the sky. Our specialist drones can fly into confined spaces like chimneys and boilers to look for issues that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Drone technology is cheaper, safer and more reliable than traditional methods such as scaffolding, cherry-pickers and ropes. It's also quicker and less labour intensive. We will bring everything we need and be out of your way that same day.
Downtime is expensive, unpopular and inconvenient. Using a drone, our engineers can conduct a thorough survey with little to no downtime.
We understand that you need answers fast. We can deliver a plain-English report with clear-cut conclusions in days. Then, you can take the steps you need to and get back to doing what you do best.
Drone inspections take up less of your manhours and resources than traditional inspections, giving you a faster and more budget-friendly return on your investment.
Sometimes the brief can change even in real-time. If need be, you can be stood there right next to the drone operator, directing them as the situation develops.
There are many areas of a chimney stack (also called a smoke stack) that are susceptible to wear. In order to carry out a comprehensive inspection, it's important to know all these aspects. As engineers, we know what to look for and where to look for it when inspecting industrial chimneys.
We carry out visual inspections both inside and outside the chimney without the need for scaffolding or climbing equipment. Inspections are faster and more efficient, reducing chimney downtime and allowing production to resume sooner rather than later.
All personnel remain on the ground when drones are used for inspection. When there's no more climbing, there's less to go wrong. Less risk means less paperwork, saving you time before and after the inspection.
We use a high-resolution camera for our inspections, which allows us to stay away from the chimney so as not to cause any further damage - which is a real risk with a manned inspection. High-definition, detailed images are taken of any areas of irregularity on the stack - both inside and outside. These are then summarised in clear reports with a full listing of the data collected.
The entire chimney stack is inspected. We look for cracks, discolouration, and corrosion to the interior of the stack. The inside of a stack is most susceptible to corrosion, and requires a much different inspection to the outside. In tight spaces, we use a collision-avoiding drone to prevent damage to the chimney. There's no need to endanger people's lives by entering the stack. The inspection is done entirely by drone, and you can watch it live from the ground.
Inspecting the outside of a chimney stack requires less labour, materials, and downtime than traditional methods. Although our drone stays far back from the structure, we still capture high-quality and detailed images. We provide clear data of any damage to ducts, ventilation, and the structure itself, allowing you to make the right repair at the right time.
Damage isn't always found on chimneys. Often the inspection shows that everything is in order. In this case, it's not necessary to send a climber up the chimney to make repairs, meaning a drone is sufficient for the entire "maintenance" process.
We take emails, phone calls, messages, everything! If you are unsure of what's possible we are happy to advise, the most important thing is to get in touch. We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
With drones, it's best to begin where you want to end up. What sort of deliverable would you like when it's all finished? If you are not sure then we can advise. We can look at what you would like and work backwards from there.
Once we have agreed on what is to be done, the scope of work is set and a price is agreed upon. We feel it is vital that everyone knows what they are getting and what they are paying for it. There should be no confusion.
Once we have confirmation you are happy to proceed, we start the ball rolling. We organise things like RAMS, site permits, Air Traffic Control clearance and much more. Basically, we generate everything needed to turn up on-site with all our ducks in a row.
Next, we do the work on site. We have the gear, we have the know-how, so now it's time to get the job done. This can sometimes be affected by the weather, but for the most part, we get the job done on the date specified.
This is where we take what we generated in the field and turn it into a final deliverable for you. This can be anything from the raw data itself, to fully processed Orthophotos, condition reports, CAD line work or thermal imagery.
The final step is the handover of the deliverables. We tend to use a cloud-based service, so you can access your data anywhere. We can also tie into your existing systems if that is more convenient.
Spoiler alert: we're not drone pilots. We're professional engineers who have learned to fly drones really well. If you're looking for a photo of your garden or a swooshing shot of your wedding reception, we're probably not the right people for you. But if you need an engineer's eyes and brain, combined with next-generation UAV technology and ready-to-roll deliverables, then you've come to the right place.
Capture high-quality imagery of your assets from never before seen vantage points.Find out more
Detect abnormalities within your assets that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.Find out more
Capture real-world locations and assets digitally, for quicker and more cost-efficient inspections.Find out more
Mitigate the risk factors of traditional confined space inspections, without compromising on quality.Find out more
Using state-of-the-art technology, we can find and highlight issues that are hard to find or even invisible to the naked eye. This saves further time in the repair or replacement of chimney components. Tradespeople and other personnel on-site can be directed to areas of concern with pinpoint accuracy and with all the information they need. These reports can also be shared digitally with anyone else that may need to examine them. For example, with stakeholders and insurance companies.
We purchase the latest drones as they come on the market to ensure you are getting the highest quality service from us at all times. Here is a quick look at what we would be most likely to use for a typical drone industrial chimney inspection.
Our flagship drone: The M300 RTK by DJI is the premier enterprise-level inspection drone on the market. With a flight time of up to 55 minutes, lots of built-in redundancy, and a host of payloads to choose from, this is our go-to UAV for inspection work. When coupled with the Zenmuse H20T camera, it is capable of safely inspecting high-value assets at a stand-off range.
One payload with a multitude of sensors. The H20T is specifically designed for conducting inspections of high-value assets. When coupled with the Matrice M300 aircraft, the various sensors on the H20T give the operator a wide array of options to get the best imagery possible.
The workhorse of the drone industry. Widely considered to be one of the best drones ever made, the P4P comes alive when coupled with a 20mp camera. If high-quality photos and videos are what you need, this is the drone for you.
The confined space master: The Stereo 2 by Multinnov is the cutting-edge in confined space and indoor inspection drone technology. Eliminating the need to send personnel into hazardous locations, the Multinnov Stereo 2 can be deployed at a fraction of the cost, and with zero downtime. This is a drone designed from the ground up to get into restrictive and hard-to-reach places.
Our specialities don't begin and end with industrial chimney inspections, we perform surveys and inspections across a wide variety of areas. Click on an asset or industry below to find out more.
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A deliverable is a product or service created as part of a project and intended for client delivery. For example, a collection of images, a 3D model or a video created by Engineers with Drones and given to the asset/industry professional.
LIDAR is a form of 3D imaging which offers a crystal-clear view of objects, areas and terrains which can otherwise be difficult to reach or visualise. It works by sending a laser beam back and forth (like radar does with sound). It does this thousands of times to produce a highly accurate visual representation of any surface or shape, even through dense vegetation. More about LIDAR...
Thermal imaging, also known as thermography, is a technique that uses heat energy and infrared radiation to record information of objects and produce visual representations, even in low-light conditions. Warmer spots glow red/orange. Cold spots appear green/blue. More about thermal imaging...
UHD or Ultra High Definition signifies that a camera's resolution is 3840x2160 pixels. This is exactly four time higher than high definition cameras (1920x1080 pixels), and so UHD is often also know as 4K. More about drone photography...