THERMAL DRONE INSPECTIONS
About our thermal drone inspection services
We utilize the latest Drone technology to fly the top of the line FLIR XT2 thermal camera from a Matrice 200 drone. By doing so we are able to capture the highest thermal images on the market. The FLIR XT2 camera is capable of operating in most weather conditions including extreme cold. The thermal images and video that are captured are analyzed and are able to give us a picture of potential water penetration in roof structures among other problems. This is accomplished by scanning the roof both visually and thermally with the drone right at sundown, or just after sunup. Then, about an hour after sundown, another thermal only scan is performed. That second scan is done without a solar load on the roof because if there’s water penetration, that’s when we will see it. Water conducts heat at a slower rate than the rest of the roof which will be cooling off rapidly due to no more solar loading at night,The water penetration areas will show up as hotter areas on the thermal image and need to be investigated further.
Heat and cold loss can also be seen by using the thermal video and pictures. As long as there is a “delta T”, which is a large enough difference in temperature from two areas or objects, you will easily be able to see that. This is especially helpful in finding inefficiencies in buildings, homes, and cold storage units. At Crosswind Analytics, we hold a Level I Certification in UAS Thermography from ITC Training. Therefore, you’ll have the piece of mind knowing that “trained eyes” will be conducting your inspection.
We also scan wind turbines and solar panels to reveal inoperative components, de-lamination, and heat anomalies in electrical equipment. Since time is money in the wind and solar business, having inefficient solar panels, or downtime of wind turbines for manual inspection translates into higher costs and more importantly, greater liability due to the danger of manned inspections