Drone Services for Power Utilities

Drone Services provide a significant increase in safety, efficiency, and reliability for power utilities operations. Drones are capable of conducting routine inspections and providing essential data for optimal management of critical assets.

The importance of energy in our society cannot be understated. From manufacturing to transportation, technological innovation, and everything in between, all economic activity requires power.

The Energy industry relies on the ability of power utilities to supply clients with uninterrupted power, efficient load distribution, and minimal system downtime. Technological innovation has influenced the industry at a rapid pace, increasing delivery of critical success factors. Power producers and utilities with flexible business models and operations have seen the greatest success in this rapidly changing environment. Drone services are an innovation that has seen rapid uptake in the industry. The adoption of this emerging technology is due to the many applications and benefits of drones as a tool, and due to the enhanced efficiency and reduced risk provided by drone services. 

Power utilities rely on inspections and maintenance programs to ensure the safe and effective operation of critical infrastructure. However, inspections of power corridors, transmission and distribution lines, and other important assets can take large amounts of time and money to carry out. Drone-based services are a safe and efficient solution to the inspection and management needs of power utility professionals. 

At AltoMaxx, we work with clients across all phases of the power lifecycle to deliver drone-based solutions tailored to their needs. Our state-of-the-art solution uses the latest drone technology, proven data capture techniques, and Artificial Intelligence to provide efficient management and optimization of critical asset, infrastructure, and inspection data. Our experience in linear infrastructure, asset management, surveying, mapping, and modeling helps our clients deliver safe and efficient maintenance programs, avoid costly outages, and meet the demands of regulators and clients.

Drone Applications

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We approach every project as a partnership. It’s our goal to develop solutions that directly meet the challenges of our clients operations. We achieve this by working alongside our clients to deliver tailored drone services that leverage the incredible potential of drone technology. Let’s talk.

AI/Utility Inspection

Understanding the physical condition of assets is critical to the efficient and effective delivery of your operations. 

Drone services like asset inspections allow power utilities to inspect areas that are otherwise hard to reach. This enables safe and efficient maintenance programs, avoiding costly outages, and meeting the demands of regulators and clients.

Technologies used in the delivery of our inspection services include: 

Survey,Mapping,aand Modelling

Understanding your site is critical to delivering your project. Drone Services provide an aerial advantage. 

From the development of a new facility, to maintenance of existing assets, and logging geospatial data. Our experts understand what it takes to deliver fast, reliable, and efficient modelling services. 

Technologies used in the delivery of our Survey, Mapping, and Modelling services include: 

Vegetation Management

Vegetation growth along transmission right-of-way’s represent a significant hazard for operations, and often a root cause of power failures. 

Mitigating these risks is a major challenge for power utilities. Repairs following an incident can be expensive, while compliance programs to maintain regulations present both operational risks to staff and costly terrestrial programs. 

Drone services allow clients to quickly and efficiently map power line corridors, creating accurate 2D and 3D models. 

These models measure the distance between vegetation and power lines, helping to maintain a safe clearance distance and maintenance.

Technologies used in the delivery of our Vegetation Management services include: 

Boiler/Stack Inspection

Drones are compact and flexible, able to fly into boilers and stacks for a full scan without shutdowns or endangering inspection workers. The live footage helps identify risks for informed decision-making. 

Our drones are equipped with advanced obstacle sensing systems, spotlights, and thermal cameras. Allowing for reliable deployment for internal inspections to detect defects.

Technologies used in the delivery of our Stack Inspection services include: 


Solar Farm Inspection

Solar farm management costs power utilities an estimated $1 billion per year in labor costs. In order to avoid unnecessary and unexpected costs, routine inspections are important to ensure everything is in proper working order. 

While these inspections are a critical element of operational efficiency, they can be both hazardous and tedious. Drone services can help you detect hot spots instantly – transforming a half-day job into minutes. 

Technologies used in the delivery of our inspection services include: