Ultimately, a cell tower inspection with a drone will become a single click operation, with minimal risk and a guarantee of high quality reproducible results. The way to achieve this is by automating the three main steps: data capture, digital model reconstruction, 3D-model based analytics/report generation. And, of course, all of this is to be streamlined into a single seamless workflow.

Let’s break this down into the main cost-saving pieces:

  1. Less time on site: Automated data capture with a drone is faster by an order of magnitude.
  2. No special training needed: An automated drone inspection can be carried out by any engineer with minimal drone training, as opposed to traditional inspections that required experienced climbers.
  3. Complete and accurate data: With a drone it is possible to capture the tower at ultra-high resolution from all angles. This data can be fed into photogrammetry software to create a digital model of the tower which can be the basis of much more complete and in-depth inspection. These models can also be fed into an analytics program for automatic detection of corrosion and report generation.
  4. Huge reduction in risk: Climbing towers represents one of the most dangerous jobs.

The result is a significantly faster process dramatically reducing the time spent on site, which can be performed by almost any engineer with minimal drone training and with literally no injury risk whatsoever.

This is to be compared with traditional inspections consisting of a highly skilled engineer climbing the tower to visually inspect some components, and collect imagery from some angles to later inspect in the office.

The iGlobe Groupe is overwhelmed by Drone Harmony

The iGlobe Group which is a specialized integrator, focusing on geospatial orientated applications in the mining, municipality, utility, and private sector, has already tested Drone Harmony Cell Tower Scan extensively. Both managers and pilots are enthusiastic about this app. They were able to reduce the inspection time from 19 to just 8 hours and drastically increase the quality of the deliverable.

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The iGlobe Group is overwhelmed by the progress

Learn more about Drone Harmony Cell Tower Scan. The new Android app based on Drone Harmony’s mission planning framework, featuring a scene-centered workflow, a full 3D planning environment and obstacle avoidance.

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  1. Hello all,

    (I’m still puzzled that you cannot change the newsletter subject).

    I was wondering: Am I missing something or is the whole 3D visualisation incomplete? I thought the whole point of having a simplified 3D-environment of the real drone mission is to get a 3D-flight-preview from the drone perspective. I tested DH and when I couldn’t find this feature, I switched back to Litchi Mission Hub and Google Earth Pro.

    Please let me know if it is me or if you are planning such a feature in the near future.

    Best Regards Marco Prosch

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    1. Hi Marco,

      Thanks for your question. 3D is used in Drone Harmony for much more than just visualization. It is used for the planning as well. In other words, the 3D model (“scene”) you import or create in DH is used to decide on where the flight plan will pass, where the data will be captured etc.

      From the visualization point of view, with recent updates you now have two ways of viewing the flight plans and scene in 3D: both third person view, where you see everything from the side, and first person view (which I think you were eluding to in your comment), which allows you to simulate the plan from the drones’ point of view.

      3D is used for everything in DH, including planning, obstacle avoidance and visualization with the purpose to achieve maximal accuracy and safety which capturing data around complex 3D structures.

      Hope this helps. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out.

      Best,

      David

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  2. The quality of work increase as the cost of work decrease. AI is really amazing, but by the way is the drone used are fully equipped with accessories?

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