Streamlined data capture from diverse assets has become essential for our inspection activities in our rapidly evolving landscape. Traditional inspection methods, often reliant on on-site personnel, can be time-consuming, costly, and subject to occupational risks. However, emerging technologies are enabling Applus+ to introduce innovative tools to capture data without the need for a physical inspector.
Some of the technologies used by Applus+ in the data capture phase and further processing are the following:
Robots are designed for various applications, such as rolling, crawling, and navigating autonomously underwater in harsh or hazardous environments. Equipped with sensors and cameras, they can inspect pipelines, offshore structures, and confined spaces, capturing data efficiently and safely.
Drones have revolutionized asset data capture by providing aerial views of vast areas. They are invaluable for surveying construction sites and agricultural fields and inspecting rooftops. Drones can collect rich data sets for analysis, equipped with HD, IR, and RGB cameras.
High-definition (HD), Infrared (IR), and Red-Green-Blue (RGB) cameras are fundamental tools for capturing visual data from assets. HD cameras offer detailed images, IR cameras enable thermal inspections, and RGB cameras provide standard color imagery for comprehensive assessments.
Photogrammetry involves capturing data through photographs and analyzing their geometric properties to create 3D models. Combined with specialized sensors or information from inspection, this technology enhances data accuracy and can be employed to perform condition assessments of large assets or digitalize assets for engineering, maintenance, and integrity management purposes.
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology uses laser scanning to create precise 3D models of assets and their surroundings. LiDAR scanners are particularly useful for accurately mapping terrain, buildings, and infrastructure.
Mobile applications on smartphones and tablets are versatile tools for on-site data capture and inspection. They offer portability, ease of use, and instant data synchronization with back-end systems.
Smart glasses provide hands-free data visualization and guidance for on-site personnel. They can display real-time data, enabling technicians to access information while performing inspections or repairs. More interestingly, smart glasses and other mobile devices make it possible to perform remote inspections with the expert located far away from the location of the asset.
GPS and satellite-based systems provide precise geolocation data, allowing assets to be accurately mapped and monitored. These technologies are especially valuable for tracking mobile assets, positioning fixed assets in maps and applications, monitoring the progress of works and projects, and surveying large areas with high accuracy.
A wide range of sensors, such as temperature, pressure, corrosion, inclination, and air quality, enable real-time data collection and asset monitoring. These devices contribute to predictive maintenance and data-driven decision-making.
Efficient data transfer relies on robust network infrastructure and connectivity software. High-speed communication protocols and reliable connectivity ensure seamless transmission of data from on-site assets to back-end systems.
Internet of Things (IoT) platforms integrate data from various sensors and devices, allowing for centralized monitoring and management. They enable data aggregation and analytics, facilitating proactive maintenance and asset optimization.
In conclusion, the technological landscape of asset data capture and on-site solutions has seen remarkable progress, offering unprecedented efficiency and accuracy. From robots and drones revolutionizing inspections to advanced sensors, cameras, and software for data processing, these technologies empower Applus+ to perform optimized inspections with less risk and enhanced productivity, optimize asset performance, and help clients make data-driven decisions.