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companies are investing
in thermal sensors and adding
thermographic data services.
Drones offer several options for thermal imaging. BY TREVOR WICHMANN
rones are now being used in a
variety of construction and engineering applications, but one
area that shows great promise for
future use is thermal imaging. The potential
applications of this technology reach far
beyond construction and into the realms
of agriculture, energy, engineering and
Many companies are looking to invest
in thermal sensors and add thermographic data to their offerings of products and
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services. For sophisticated companies such
as major corporations, construction and
engineering firms and energy companies,
this makes a lot of sense.
Keep in mind, though, that thermal
imaging may require more knowledge and
expertise than shooting a simple aerial
video. For starters, a drone equipped with a
thermal sensor is most useful in the hands
of an operator who has been trained on
best practices for collecting thermal data.
Weather conditions can confound thermal
imaging, so it's essential that the operator
is familiar with these nuances. For example, any significant wind will act to cool a
surface, which can skew the thermal map.
Secondly, you'll need thermal imaging
software to process your data and create
actionable deliverables. Remember - the
deliverable is the goal, not the flight.
If you're adding thermographic data to
your existing aerial services, it means your
business is expanding, which is great news.
It also means you need an efficient way to