21 Aug 2019
In the coming weeks, IADC will publish fourteen nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2019 on its website and social media. The winner will be announced on 17 October 2019.
IADC is proud to announce that the second nomination is:
CSpect’s state-of-the-art drones help Jan De Nul safely inspect inaccessible spaces
CSpect’s flying robot is making inspections by rope access, scaffolding and cherry pickers obsolete. As Jan De Nul has witnessed, the CSpect drone is an intuitive, reliable and precise indoor inspection tool that reduces the number of personnel needed and alleviates the administrative burden associated with inspections. By eliminating the human interface, operations with practically zero risk can be achieved. Using CSpect’s drones, Jan De Nul has kept their workforce out of harm’s way while reducing downtime and inspection costs.
CSpect drones enable remote visual inspection in any indoor environment and keep workers away from hazardous areas such as confined spaces, extreme heights, and places with energised equipment. CSpect robots can be prepared for visuals within a minute and an entire inspection is performed in a matter of hours instead of days. CSpect drones have conducted inspections in complex areas, such as: hopper walls; pipe lines with a diameter bigger than 500 mm; spuds from the inside; inside transition pieces and towers of wind turbines; cranes; storage, ballast tanks; jetties; areas at heights; bridges; large boilers; and towers.
CSpect’s technology includes cutting-edge drone data capture capabilities, which ensures flawless inspections from the very first flight. A typical drone-based inspection starts with a reconnaissance flight, which identifies all areas of interest deserving a closer look. CSpect’s experience gathered through a wide variety of missions has shown that for most infrastructures 10 minutes is sufficient to perform the reconnaissance flight. Based on the information gathered during the reconnaissance flight, further flights are planned to more deeply inspect defined points of interest through the capture of close-up images. After each segment of the inspection the drone is brought back to the operators to review the images in detail and refine/update the inspection plan on-the-go based on actual data.
In addition, the CSpect drone is the first collision-tolerant drone and is equipped with an innovative wireless communication system that provides a live video feedback. This allows the pilot to bring the drone to the most inaccessible places up to multiple hundreds of metres beyond the line of sight. The video output is directly available to third parties, who can analyse the live footage.
For Jan De Nul the fact that the same scope of inspections is also available below water as above has been a bonus, providing sea-water cross-over inspections on board of vessels as well as ballast tank inspections. The combination of above and below water inspections makes CSpect drones unique in the market and suitable for use in the dredging and maritime industries. Most importantly, CSpect drones are approved by the major Classification Societies: Bureau Veritas, Rina and ABS, to perform inspections by means of Remotely Inspection Techniques (RIT).