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UAV/UAS Monitoring & Rope Access Maintenance

UAV/UAS Monitoring

Over the past few years GIS has further increased its HSE-oriented services, by acquiring specific competencies in industrial applications based on usage of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), commonly referred to as DRONES, connected to a ground-based controller and therefore to a unmanned aircraft system (UAS). These drones are equipped with cameras (including termographic cameras) and can detect environment data and conditions by means of very accurate sensors and analyzers. These applications can be extremely useful for Machinery Inspections and Diagnostics, Testing, Field Surveys, Structural (Integrity & Failure) Analysis, Damages Detection, Gas & Leak Detection, Building 3D Topographic Models, Environment Testing & Monitoring, etc.

GIS uses only the very best drones that the market can offer today.

In fact, we use DJI Drones (Industrial MATRICE and PHANTOM Series), designed by the world leader company in the UAV market. Our drones are certified by ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and present key features (such as reliability, accuracy and modularity) that make them ideal for industrial applications.

More specifically, the MATRICE Drone is fully compatible with Onboard and Mobile SDK (SOFTWARE DEVELOPER KIT) to meet the requirements of those companies (like GIS) building innovative software systems for industrial applications.

GIS includes among its staff 4 UAV Pilots, certified by ENAC, that can provide scalable and simultaneous services among different customers and locations.

In compliance with strict UAV/UAS regulations, GIS Pilots define a specific flight plan, lead proper risk assessment and duly inform the competent authorities. All GIS Drones are covered by proper insurance.

Examples of UAV/UAS Industrial and Oil&Gas Applications:

  • Inspection of Gas, Oil and Coal Burners;
  • Inspection of Flare Stacks and related Flames;
  • Inspection of Structural Columns/Pillars;
  • Monitoring of Landfill and Industrial Areas;
  • Topography of Water Flows;
  • Mapping and Surveillance of Coasts and Piers;
  • Orthophotography for Mapping, Georeferencing, 3D Modeling;
  • Orthophotography for Mapping, Georeferencing, 3D Modeling;
  • Data generation from thermographic cameras and laser scanning, with thermographic surveys of pipes, pipelines, towers, chimneys and other parts of the plant system (including offshore platform);
  • High Resolution Videos and Images.

Advantages:

  • Cost & Time Reduction;
  • Access to and inspection of hazardous places for human intervention;
  • No infrastructure required;
  • No need to stop production;
  • Interventions are fast, flexible and easy to repeat;
  • More effective monitoring of plants and machinery;
  • Data that are accurate and reliable support Strategic Decision Making without plant shutdown.

Rope Access Maintenance

Along with the expertise in Working at Height (WAH) and Confined Space (CS) Rescue, GIS has developed specific competencies in Rope Access Maintenance on Small-Scale Projects.

GIS Workers can access difficult-to-reach locations with the use of ropes and provide (for example) the following type of Maintenance Services:

  • Painting/Coating of Flange Faces at Height;
  • Painting of Woodwork and/or Walls at Height;
  • Isolation of Equipment and Systems at Height;
  • Inspection of Equipment and Systems at Height;
  • Support to Sub-Contractors for Maintenance Works at Height or in difficult-to-reach locations.

When needed, GIS can combine the UAV/UAS Monitoring and Rope Access Maintenance in order to better meet client’s expectations. For instance, a Drone could carry out an inspection of a specific plant machinery and provide immediate data analysis and results (including termographic photos and videos). Subsequently, the Rope Access Maintenance Team will operate at Height to repair the detected machinery.

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