Our Allnex visit turned out to be a very useful and positive experience, to ScoutDI and the other parties involved. It is very rewarding to be able to demonstrate non-entry inspection in such a well-documented trial, while also streaming the whole thing live.
We had some exciting moments tackling the aerodynamics of this narrow, cylindrical pressure vessel: Air currents from the powerful propellers would circulate round the pressure vessel and create turbulence. This is a challenge related specifically to the circular cross-section, aggravated by the small diameter. Flying too close to the walls increases the risk of drone instability.
Our gracious hosts stayed next to the drone operator throughout the job. Giving instructions and discussing details while watching the tablet. This inspection mode was notably improved by the fact that the 3D point cloud was available on the operator’s tablet.
ScoutDI would like to thank SAFETYTECH Accelerator and LRQA for facilitating this trial. We also thank Allnex for providing an asset for inspection and for welcoming us on their premises. And of course, thanks to all the curious audience, on-site and off-site, who contributed to make this a worthwhile and exciting experience for everyone. Tot de volgende keer!