Railway inspection can be time-consuming, costly, unreliable and cause disruption to the train schedule. That is why drones are quickly becoming the popular choice to carry out railway infrastructure inspection and surveys. Engineers with Drones can carry out fast and reliable inspections of railway stations and platforms, railway lines, bridges, and overhead power lines covering an extensive area. Without scaffolding or rope access, there are no disruptions to the train lines. Some more added benefits are the lower risk to human life, more cost-efficiency and greater speed.
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.
Downtime is expensive, unpopular and inconvenient. Using a drone, our engineers can conduct a thorough survey with little to no downtime.
Downtime is expensive and inconvenient. Using a drone, our engineers can conduct a thorough survey with little to no downtime.
Drones capture high-quality, impartial information that gives you an exact assessment on the status and needs of your asset.
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.
Our equipment won't touch or even go close to your assets. Our high-resolution cameras use optical zoom to give extreme close-up views while staying a safe distance away.
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.
Thermal IR technology and ultra HD allow our engineers to get a view that it not available to the naked eye. From a safe distance, we can find defects and insights that are only visible with a drone.
Railway drone inspections are a game changer in the rail industry. Conventional inspections are limited to small areas at a time. Our drones can cover much larger sections across and access difficult locations which service vehicles can't reach. Engineers with drones can offer a faster turnaround time and more detailed survey reports than the traditional surveying methods. The high-resolution video, photography and thermal imaging provided by our drones will help you to highlight problematic areas. They will also offer you a different vantage point, impossible to recreate with traditional methods.
Reduce the costs and minimize the risk associated with the slower and less precise methods of conventional inspection. Railway drone inspection mitigates the need for employees to work at great height, in confined and dangerous areas. No need to hire specialist equipment, complex inspection access set up and specialised safety teams. Eliminating this time-consuming complex setup by using drones will save you time and money.
Minimise disturbances in train stations and on platforms during busy times. Inspections of stations and platforms are easily carried out with drones. That way issues get spotted early and repairs and maintenance can be scheduled in advance at times when platform usage is low. No need to disrupt daily operations. By sending drones first to assess damage and maintenance, technicians can bring the right tools for the repair job without unnecessary climbs.
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
Record incredibly detailed elevation data to aid in ultra-precise measurements and calculations.Find out more
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 railway 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.
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 railway inspections, we perform surveys and inspections across a wide variety of areas. Click on an asset or industry below to find out more.
Safer, more cost-efficient, with less downtime
Clearer, faster results without the risks
Monitor coastal assets safely and with more precision
Eliminate safety concerns, save costs and reduce downtime
Instant, actionable data with no downtime
Inspect and maintain energy assets without risk or downtime
Safer and more cost-efficient flare (oil and gas) inspections
Faster, cheaper and more accurate analysis of land
Analyse historical buildings without risk to people or property
Actionable data from a safe distance, with less downtime
Keep production running while collecting instant critical data
Record and document reliable visuals without safety concerns
Endless perspectives, without manned aircrafts or structures
Reduced risk, damage to towers and delays
Monitor status and progress without downtime
Fast, actionable data without the risks of traditional inspections
Instantly usable data via a safer and more cost-effective process
Eliminates downtime and safety concerns, at a fraction of the cost
Add "Wow Factor" to residential and commercial property listings
Safer, more precise data collection at a fraction of the cost
Accurate, safe and instantly actionable data collection
Ensure solar panel efficiency from precise data collection
Safe, precise and instant reports on vessels and infrastructure
Get actionable data on quality and operational health
Assess damage quickly and with pinpoint accuracy
Get fast, usable data from a safe distance
Get critical data on cell and telecommunication infrastructure
Instantly view complex structures, keeping risks to a minimum
Critical, pinpoint details with none of the risk
A more cost- and time-effective way to receive critical data
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...
Moving components within a camera lens provide optical zoom. A zoom lens's internal glass elements move back and forth, resulting in various relative focus lengths. The focus length grows as you zoom in, and it decreases as you zoom out. Unlike digital zoom, optical zoom keeps 100% of the image's resolution.
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...