H3 Dynamics has partnered with Curitiba-based EPH Engineering in Brazil, a firm that specialises in hydropower design, dam inspections and safety plans.
The move will see the companies launch a dam inspection solution that combines AI-enabled damage assessment and Hycopter fuel cell drones capable of flying 3.5 hours at a time.
With over 5,000 dams submitted to the Brazilian Dam Safety Plan, and two recent collapse incidents causing more than 300 deaths and major environmental damage, Brazilian authorities have moved to tighten inspection and upkeep requirements in the country.
Carlos Eduardo Cavaco Gomes, director from EPH Engenharia, commented: “Many accident reports show that problems were not detected by instrumentation but by visual observation. Drones can help, but due to the large dimensions of these structures we need much longer flight times.”
H3 Dynamics detailed how the Hycopter fuel cell drones can scan 6 times more surface area, making large-scale dam inspections faster to complete.
The drone is also equipped with a new data acquisition software successfully tested last month at a COPEL hydropower dam site in Brazil.
H3 Dynamics added it was planning to install a network of its emergency DBX drone stations at high risk facilities to provide rescue assistance in case of disasters, designed for deployment in remote, off-grid environments.