How autonomous drones, AI and big data shape the future of blade O&M

How autonomous drones, AI and big data shape the future of blade O&M

In the past, turbine inspection crews have relied on various tools to get a closer look at blades: binoculars, ropes, high-definition ground cameras. But these approaches have limitations in terms of accuracy, safety and then there’s expensive downtime. Today, automated visual inspection technologies have replaced these methods.

Join this Windpower Monthly session – produced in partnership with Sulzer & Schmid – as we look at how the latest inspection technology will change how you manage data.

Operators know that regular and proactive investigations are the best way to identify damage and maintain equipment for the long term. Drones are a dynamic, safe and efficient way to carry out routine visual inspections.

But today’s drones aren’t simply capturing images, they’re also collecting enormous volumes of data. AI-aided analysis tools scan each and every image, making the spotting and assessment of defects hugely efficient.

This is a big shift.

Sign up for this Windpower Monthly session to hear blade experts and operators within the wind industry discuss this hot topic and gain insights into what is possible with today’s technology. Tune in as we discuss:

  • how we’ve managed visual inspection data in the past
  • what we can do with this legacy data
  • how to improve, and future-proof, blade-data management

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