Distribution networks (e.g. transmission, pipelines or transportation) cover a lot of area with limited access for terrestrial vehicles. Remotely piloted aerial surveys can perform many functions that improve facility operations while lowering manual survey costs, such as:
- Structural integrity (tower components, line quality, enclosures, intrusion detection)
- Environmental encroachment (nests, storm debris, right-of-way clearances)
- Incident inspection (traffic blockage, repair activity)
- Environmental impact (wildlife migration, run-off)
Once completed, inspection can be operationalized into continuous coverage, predictive maintenance, or incident coverage for rapid event response (e.g. storms, outages) that help pinpoint where manual intervention is needed.