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Meet George Burne 

Business Development Manager for the Inspection Industry

George joined Coprtz 4 years ago and has worked with a wide array of organisations, enabling them to incorporate a UAV solution within their operations. George has enhanced business performance in organisations like Severn Trent Water, EDF Energy and TEXO by providing a complete drone solution. George’s expertise lies in reducing risk, improving the data collected and cutting operational costs by using a drone solution where possible alongside traditional inspection methods.

 

 

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Your complete guide to adopting drone technology into your inspection workflows whether you are an organisation looking to improve business efficiency or you’re a Drone Service Provider who wants to work in the Inspection sector.

What’s included in the guide?

  • • Overview of the industry with George Burne
  • • Who are Coptrz?
  • • Drones for Inspection
  • • Best hardware for the job in 2021
  • • Best software for the job in 2021
  • • Training pathways to work in Inspection
  • • Drone Inspection packages
  • • Hear from Drone Service Providers and Organisations using Drones

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DRONES IN CONFINED SPACE

Unmanned aircraft are providing a reliable solution for inspecting hard-to-reach spaces, cutting costs by more than 80%, significantly reducing – or even eliminating – asset immobilisation, and improving on-site safety by removing the need for manned entry.

APPLICATIONS
  • General industry includes Oil & Gas, Chemical, Mining, Power Generation and Utilities, and Renewable Energy
  • Underground coal mines are incredibly dangerous PRCS that are highly toxic (miners have to pump in fresh air to combat unpredictable methane gas) and pose many risks like explosion, fire, and cave-ins
  • Maritime includes shipping yards and marine vessels. Ballast tanks, which control the balance of ships by pumping sea water in and out, are confined spaces deep within a ships’ core
  • Construction includes residential and commercial properties. Sewer systems are a great example of necessary confined space entry
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DRONES IN SOLAR

If we could capture 18 days’ worth of energy from sunlight on Earth, it would be equivalent to all the energy stored in the entire planet’s stores of coal, oil, and natural gas. We are only able to collect a tiny amount of this energy, but harnessing solar energy is making a substantial difference to the planet.

APPLICATIONS
  • Surveying and planning the build of a Solar Panel Farm
  • Site progress of the Solar Panel Farm
  • Automate Drone Flights for regular Solar Panel inspections
  • Detailed reports on the condition of the Solar Farm Panels
  • Regular solar panel drone inspections using thermal imaging cameras
  • Identifying cell damage and hot spots of panels not performing
  • Prevent Solar Farm assets from being damaged
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DRONES IN NUCLEAR

Despite a common misconception, nuclear facilities deliver carbon-free energy. Nuclear power is also the most reliable power generation source. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), nuclear electricity production stops 528 million metric tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere every year.

APPLICATIONS
  • Drones are one solution being used to inspect hazardous rooms, monitor the condition of radiation-waste tanks, and read meters in high-dose areas
  • Drones can access hard-to-reach and potentially hazardous places quickly and safely
  • Thermal capabilities allow inspectors to detect potential defects or structural stresses that are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Detailed data recordings and reports for stakeholders
  • Plan regular inspections autonomously
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ELIOS 2

The ELIOS 2 has been engineered to reduce downtime, improve safety and lower the cost of industrial inspections. You can use the Elios 2 to capture both visual and thermal data as it carries an optical camera, a thermal camera, and a powerful lighting system. Its configuration makes it the best of its kind to navigate confined spaces and manage collisions. It is also one of the only drones that can pretty much land anywhere, which may significantly extend the mission time depending on the asset configuration

M300

The DJI M300 RTK is transforming commercial drone programmes - helping global oil giant Shell save $100,000 on a single job, increasing a utility company's efficiency by 30%, and paving the way for automated powerline inspections. The M300 is able to integrate with an impressive range of payloads, and with a maximum flight time of 55 minutes - the M300 is the perfect piece of kit for any inspection.

MAVIC 2 ENTERPRISE ADVANCED

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is the ultimate drone solution for those working within the inspection sector. This custom built quadcopter is crafted from the ground up with accuracy in mind. With high-resolution thermal and visual cameras, the M2EA supports up to 32× digital zoom and is capable of centimetre-level positioning accuracy with the RTK module.

DJI Zenmuse H20 Series

These multi-sensor payloads that bring a whole new meaning to mission efficiency. The unique intelligence and integrated design provide unprecedented aerial imaging capabilities for a range of commercial drone applications.

DJI Zenmuse XT2

The DJI Zenmuse XT2 is the latest dual aerial thermal and visual imaging solution, designed to work with DJI commercial platforms including the Matrice 200 Series and Matrice 600 Series.

Phase One iXM

The Phase One iXm incorporates the first medium-format sensor with backside-illumination technology, enabling high light sensitivity and extended dynamic range to satisfy diverse mapping & surveying applications.

EMESENT HOVERMAP

Hovermap is an autonomous mapping payload. Lightweight and versatile, it can be mounted to a drone for autonomous mapping in challenging and inaccessible areas.

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Inspection Business Starter Packages

Hardware
  • Choose from a Mavic Pro, Parrot ANAFI Thermal or Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Thermal
Training + extras 
  • GVC Course – Online
  • OFQUAL 4 Certificate
  • A2 COFC included
  • Lifetime access to Coptrz Academy
  • First Annual Ops Manual review
  • Access to the Coptrz Drone Pilot Facebook Community
  • Big Thinking for Small Business book by Steve Coulson, Coptrz co-founder

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Mavic 2 Enteprise Advanced Inspection Package

Hardware
  • Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced with Smart Controller
  • Batteries and Accessories (Beacon and Spotlight Speaker)
  • Tough Carry Case
  • Fly More Kit (Extra batteries, shoulder-bag, car charger and battery hub)
Training + extras
  • GVC Online Training Course
  • Introduction to Thermography Training Course
  • Handover Training with George Burne
  • 24-month Extended Warranty
  • 12-month Service
  • Lifetime access to Coptrz Academy

Payment plans available

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ELIOS 2 Confined Space Inspection Package

Hardware
  • Elios 2 aircraft with controller and case
  • 9 Batteries in total
Training + extras
  • 1-2-1 Handover and Flight Training on your site
  • Lifetime access to Coptrz Academy
  • Operations Manual Support
  • ELIOS 2 Online training course (12 hours)

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Drone Survey Inspection Solution

A great value all-inclusive package with the Matrice 300 RTK
  • Matrice 300 RTK Aircraft
  • 2 x TB60 Batteries
  • Intelligent Battery Station
  • 1 x Smart Controller Enterprise
  • Carrying Case
  • Charger cables, adaptors, all necessary ancillaries
  • Zenmuse H20 camera
  • Professional flight coaching and equipment handover
  • Inspection software training and 12-month licence
  • M300 RTK online training course (12 hrs)
  • Premium Care Package including 24-month warranty, priority use of DJI repair centre and access to servicing hotline.

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TRENDSPEK

Trendspek connects asset owners, operators and engineers, through a simple to use online platform. Form opinions, make decisions and reach outcomes faster by collaborating on a single source of truth.

Don’t leave detailed inspections to chance, get the whole picture with true to life digital models.

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DJI TERRA

Use DJI Terra to capture, analyse and visualize your environment. DJI Terra is an easy to use mapping software developed to help you transform your drone data into digital assets.

DJI Terra offers unparalleled efficiency and user experience by allowing you to bulk import images and employ multiple graphics cards simultaneously all within its intuitively designed interface.

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FLYABILITY INSPECTOR 3.0 SOFTWARE

Visualise, localise, and document your inspection data so your team and clients can use it to make critical decisions.

The mapping feature of Inspector 3.0 relies on Visual-Inertial Odometry (VIO). VIO estimates the position and velocity of Elios 2 by using only the input of the main camera plus the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) attached to it. VIO is a viable alternative to GPS and lidar-based odometry to achieve accurate state estimation.

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PIX4D MAPPER

Pix4Dmapper is the leading aerial photogrammetry software. It turns your images into highly precise, geo-referenced 2D maps and 3D models.

Customisable, timely, and complements a wide range of applications and software.

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Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water were looking to improve their utility inspection processes by incorporating a drone fleet into the business. Coptrz introduced an internal drone team to the business which helped save £750,000 in their first year.

Yorkshire Water

“I intend on using the M210 from a security perspective to begin with and then as my team become more comfortable with it, I intend to offer our services to the wider business as I feel there is huge potential for it to perform on a bigger scale.”

Andy Hall Physical and Electronic Security Manager

GeoAccess

"GeoAccess considered the move into the drone industry as a natural progression to complement our established technical rope access services. We can now offer a much improved, safer, efficient and cost-effective product to our clients by using drones and traditional rope access techniques in combination."

Mark Coleman, Managing Director

Raptor UAS

“We have invested in ELIOS 2 to enhance our inspection capabilities using this groundbreaking drone. Its clear vision and intelligent collision avoidance were of particular advantage to our operations. We also chose to work with COPTRZ who are a trusted partner in the commercial drone space.”

Ana Gamarra , Managing Director

Oilfield Testing Services

"We have invested in ELIOS 2 to enhance our inspection capabilities. Its clear vision and intelligent collision avoidance were of particular advantage to our operations. We also chose to work with COPTRZ who are a trusted partner in the commercial drone space."

Jerry Smith , Base Manager

  • Why should you consider drone technology for your inspections?

  • How are drones used for inspection?

  • What is an inspection drone?

  • Why should you bring your drone solution in-house?

  • Are drones taking away the need for traditional inspection methods such as rope access?

  • This sounds great, but what type of budget would I need?

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