Field inspections can be quite dangerous in industries like mining, telecommunications, electrical, solar, and the renewable energy market. Traditionally, these inspections have involved people climbing up poles and checking for electrical wiring, which in addition to taking up a lot of hours and is also not very cost effective. What is arguably worse though, is the less than safe conditions during these inspections. Injuries are not uncommon, and for some industries, fatal accidents have occurred.

The good news is that nowadays inspections for these industries can now be done remotely through an inspection drone. Now you can sit in the field, crack open a Budweiser (fuck yeah!) and drink beer on the job while you pretend to look for faulty electrical shit.

So what is an inspection drone? It is a drone that can fly under FAA regulations and is able to provide quality images at high altitudes. These drones can be used to inspect towers, windmills, and similar structures at a safer distance with a faster time inspection. These drones can be taught to employees via flight schools (or just by fucking around with it until you figure that shit out).

Now that we know these drones can save money, time, and are a safer alternative to traditional inspections, why aren’t all these industries using them? The main reason is the long application process – The FAA is taking a long time to standardize commercial drone usage. COA application can hinder the usage of drones if it is not present. Lastly, there is not enough experienced drone pilots to operate drones for companies at a high standard

Beyond inspections, drones also have exciting applications that a companies can utilize. Chief among them is 3D Mapping. These drones can map out an entire area with detailed 3D imaging—useful for calculating all sorts of data including: the volume on the mounds of dirt, calculating height, simulating floods, measuring areas, and figuring out the best places to park your caravan in seclusion so you can cook meth in peace.