Aerial inspections by drone are an interesting alternative to traditional inspections, because they offer significant savings in time, organisation and costs, and reduce the risks for the workers.
They also allow access to difficult areas, in dangerous and critical situations for human beings, working safely and with maximum precision.
The inspection of industrial plants, cranes, complex or hard-to-reach structures has always been difficult and very cost intensive.
Today, thanks to the drone technology, it is possible to collect very detailed images of extremely high quality and very close at hand to the object that is subject to inspection.
ECO Next S.p.A. works with a team of experienced pilots certified by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority ENAC (Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile), operators qualified for critical tasks and thermographic operators certified to perform technical arial inspections with the preparation of video/photographic material and the performance of aero-thermographic surveys of buildings, land, photovoltaic installations and industrial plants.
ECO Next performs a lot of inspections with drones in different areas:
At the end of the activity, high-definition, geo-referenced, certified, legally valid material will be delivered; in addition, a full inspection report is delivered which highlights the identified details and which is valid for participation in tenders.
The use of drones for civil and military purposes has by now become very common; it has therefore become necessary to establish rules in order to avoid the possible negative consequences of their use and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aviation industry.
The Delegated Regulation EU 945/2019 concerning, among others, the technical requirements for drones, and the Implementing Regulation EU 947/2019, that regulates both the requirements for users as well as how drones may be used, meet this need.
Furthermore, in order to meet the safety requirements in “unmanned aircraft systems” «UAS), the Commission points out EC Regulation 765/2008, requiring the CE marking for products, which can be affixed after the completion of appropriate tests, including those carried out by accredited and notified bodies.
UAS which are not regarded as toys according to Directive 2009/48/EC should comply with the relevant essential health and safety requirements as specified in Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council ((1), as far as this directive applies to such UAS, and provided that such safety and health protection requirements are not intrinsically linked to the flight safety of UAS. In cases in which the above-mentioned safety and health protection requirements are intrinsically linked to the flight safety only the present regulation is to be applied.
Therefore, according to this regulation: