A drone is a remote-controlled airborne camera. Originally used for military operations, drone cameras are now used for commercial and recreational drone photography purposes, surveillance, security and more.
An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is a ground vehicle without an onboard human presence. UGVs can be used for many applications where it may be inconvenient, dangerous, or impossible to have a human operator present. Generally, the vehicle will have dedicated cameras and sensors retro-fitted to suit the intended job.
Remote sensing is an unobstructive method that allows us to collect data and perform data processing and GIS analysis offsite without disturbing the target area or object.
Remote sensing makes it possible for us to collect data from dangerous or inaccessible areas, it replaces slower, costly data collection on the ground, providing fast and repetitive coverage of extremely large areas for everyday applications.
Robotic micro dredging just means cleaning industrial tanks, containers, and spaces using machines. They are like a pool cleaner, but larger and sturdier. The are lowered into a space to remove sludge and other debris. Using a proprietary filtering system, they send the water back out without contaminating the surrounding space.
Potable Water Robotics clean water tanks while they are in operation using advanced robotic water tank cleaning technology.
Other advantages of drones for confined space inspections include:
  • Asset immobilisation can be reduced up to 90%
  • Significant reduction in cost and time involved in accessing the confined spaces (eg, scaffolding, rope access etc)
  • Faster inspections
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Reduced risk to personnel (hazardous spaces, toxic gases, liquid and chemicals, heights etc)
  • Device can be controlled beyond the operator's line of sight
  • Detailed real-time information from high-resolution sensors and cameras
  • Ease of transport
There are several drone options on the market which are being used successfully for confined space inspections. These devices are getting ‘cleverer' all the time and many experts believe that the technology could ultimately be the most popular solution for unmanned entry into hazardous confined spaces.
We provide you with the data you need to make important decisions. If you need further solutions we can analyse the data and provide a recommended action plan from our experts.

An example: With Flyability Inspector, our post-mission software, you can review all the images, thermal images (we have a FLIR camera on-board) as well as sensor data such as the altitude and heading of the drone. You can then edit and annotate the points of interest of the inspection, and export it to an inspection report instantly.
LiDAR, or light detection and ranging, is a popular remote sensing method used for measuring the exact distance of an object on the earth's surface. The basic principle behind this type of sensor is that laser pulses are sent out from the device to bounce off objects in front of them. The time taken by these lasers to return back to the device can be measured using high-speed electronics. This data then allows scientists to calculate exactly where each pulse hit the ground.

We can use LiDAR to examine crop output rates, crop exploring, seed scatterings, mapping inside deep forests and much more in the fields of Agriculture and Archeology.
3D laser scanners are used in a variety of industries, including construction and manufacturing. They can be used for many different applications such as:

Productivity – Improve efficiency by reducing errors during assembly or production processes.
Quality Control – Reduce scrap rates with more accurate inspection.
Maintenance – Increase accuracy when performing maintenance on machinery.
Inspection – Inspect parts before they leave the factory floor.
When discussing the main benefits of using drones for inspections, saving money is always at the top of the list and there are many ways using a drone can save on costs.

Reduced Work Hours
One of the first things you can reduce is employee working hours and downtime.

Increased Safety
Using drones also improves safety because there is no risk of falling off a ladder or getting injured while collecting data manually. This also means you can reduce the amount of health and safety equipment necessary. Plus, reduce insurance costs.

Improved Accuracy
Inspectors who use drones often report higher accuracy rates when compared to those who don’t. This means fewer false positives and lower rework rates.

Using a drone to inspect assets means collecting accurate 3D point cloud data instead of relying solely on 2D images captured through cameras mounted on manned aircraft. This allows engineers to make better decisions about what needs to be repaired or replaced based on their understanding of the true condition of the asset.
Safety by Separation is a concept that uses the latest technology in robotics or otherwise to avoid putting human lives at risk. Automating processes can keep personnel safe and that's always our number one priority at Fulcrum.
The right choice depends on many factors such as:
 
  • Your budget
  • The type of product you are manufacturing or inspecting
  • How much time do you have available to learn how to use a new tool
  • Your current level of expertise in using CAD/CAM tools
 
We recommend that you start by evaluating several solutions before making a final decision. You can find more information by contacting us here.
A remotely operated underwater vehicle (technically ROUV but commonly just ROV) is a tethered underwater mobile device.
It is a type of autonomous or semi-autonomous submersible that can be controlled from the surface. ROVs are used for various purposes, including scientific research and military operations such as mine countermeasures. The first known use was in World War II by German U-boats to detect Allied submarines using hydrophones. In modern times they have been developed into highly sophisticated vehicles capable of performing complex tasks with high precision.
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