A UAV performing a drone bridge inspection on an old stone road bridge

Drone Bridge Inspections Faster and more cost-efficient with minimal interference.

UAV Bridge inspection and survey

Bridges need to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure safe operations. Drones are revolutionising this process by eliminating the need for expensive cranes, scaffolding or rope access. Removing these access difficulties means less downtime and traffic disruption. Drone bridge inspections are safer, more cost-efficient and faster. Using UAV's we carry out detailed and fast bridge inspections. All our inspections are tailored to your safety inspection requirements.

Issues with bridge inspections using traditional methods

To perform a thorough bridge inspection or survey from ground level, the work is broken into two separate processes. Firstly, aerial work platforms (AWP) are erected to get visuals above the bridge. And secondly, cherry pickers or scaffolding are needed to get a closer look underneath. Using traditional methods you can only cover small areas at a time. In addition to that there is also the cost of the equipment needed to give inspections teams access to the structure. Both of these processes are not only a risk to human life, but also time-intensive and disruptive to traffic on and under the bridge.

A drone performing a UAV bridge inspection in Ireland

    Advantages of UAV Bridge Inspections

  • No traffic disruption
  • Takes less time
  • Locate unseen issues using thermal imagery
  • Faster Turnaround Times
  • Access Hard-To-Reach Areas
  • Get Visuals Above & Below
  • Archive and Review Reports Easily

A faster and more cost-efficient solution

Engineers With Drones offers a better solution. One flyover with a drone can take in the entirety of a bridge, both above and below. Traffic remains unaffected. Because there is no need for structural supports, the whole process is completed in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. With the added mobility of a drone, we can view a bridge from previously impossible angles and access confined spaces with ease.

High-quality and detailed reports

Our High-Definition cameras and thermal imagery, allow us to compile highly detailed, actionable data that is invisible to the naked eye. This saves further time in the repair or replacement of bridge components. Tradespeople and other personnel on-site can be directed to areas of concern with pin-point 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.

IAA Certified

We are fully accredited by the Irish Aviation Authority to the latest European wide EASA regulations.

Fully Insured

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Experienced Engineers

We are experienced engineers with strong technical backgrounds.

Ireland Based

We are based in Ireland which means we can respond quickly to your needs.

Our Drone Capability

Here at Engineers With Drones we fly the latest cutting edge drones. Our UAV's are selected specifically for the tasks they perform. Drones such as the DJI M300 and payloads such as the Zenmuse H20T with high optical zoom lenses are optimal for safely inspecting high-value assets at a stand-off range.

To find out more about our drone equipment and what it can do click here.

A DJI M300 RTK inspection drone for wind turbines

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