Terra Drone Chile has opened a new base in Chile, successfully carrying out its pilot project as part of the newly formed group.
The Japan-based company carried out a visual inspection of three flare stacks for energy company ENAP Aconcagua.
Drones were used to inspect each 70m tall stack for 45 minutes, saving on the money and manpower required by the conventional method of using a photographer in a helicopter.
Terra Drone Chile made use of a DJI M210 RTK with 2 cameras to perform check the stacks in advance of planned maintenance as ENAP had discovered some black smoke coming from one of the flares.
A statement about the inspection said: “The drone captured the images of the flares from different angles to facilitate an inspection report that would show each part’s status in terms of crack, deformity, and integrity.”
Due to the success of its recent work, ENAP will be continuing to partner with Terra Drone Chile on the next maintenance cycle and hopes to perform inspections more regularly than the usual 3-year time frame to improve efficiency moving forward.