The West Sussex County Council is using drones to examine bridges in the county. Until now inspections were carried out by human in hard to reach and hazardous infrastructure which created the potential risk to their health. The use of drones ensures high safety standards and provide additional cost savings.
Drones are equipped with cameras that collect data about the current condition of bridge and record safety parameters around the UAV which are transmitted in real time. This solution as well as protective floats and GPS ensure safe landing on water in case of emergency and control the airport space.
Drone operations over infrastructure save approximately £8,000 in comparison to traditional inspection methods. Considering the benefits from drones, the UK authorities are working on developing drone technology in order to improve safety of highways construction and maintenance.