INTERNAL BOILER INSPECTION AT A THERMAL POWER STATION IN EASTERN EUROPE
In 2016, Cyberhawk completed an internal steam boiler inspection for one of the world’s leading power companies in Bulgaria. UAVs were chosen as the preferred method of inspection primarily to reduce safety risk posed to personnel working at height, as well as the challenges associated with working in confined spaces. Traditionally, this type of inspection is conducted by rope access technicians who are suspended on ropes to inspect the boiler’s internal structure.
Bespoke safety procedures were put in place for this particular project, with Cyberhawk mobilising an experienced three-man UAV team consisting of a UAV pilot, inspection engineer and technician to ensure safe operations and high quality results. This allowed for a quick and safe inspection of the boiler.
The dark boiler environment, and added challenge of zero GPS signal, meant Cyberhawk’s pilots had to work with an extremely high level of precision during the inspection to ensure a successful end result.
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Thanks to the skill and ability of Cyberhawk’s pilots, the inspection of the critical components was successfully completed within a day, in comparison with rope access which would usually take between three to four days for the same workscope.