Texo is right among the thick of it with new drone

Tech­nol­ogy: Thick­ness-mea­sur­ing de­vice a world first for Aberdeen firm

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS - BY REBECCA BUCHAN

An Aberdeen-based firm has an­nounced the de­ploy­ment of the world’s first Ul­tra­sonic Thick­ness Test­ing (UT) drone.

Texo Drone Sur­vey and In­spec­tion, the ded­i­cated oil and gas ser­vices di­vi­sion of Texo DSI, has de­signed the UAV which al­lows the firm to un­der­take a wide range of thick­ness mea­sure­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and is able to as­cer­tain pre­cise mea­sure­ments on both flat and curved sur­faces.

The piece of equip­ment has been de­ployed across a wide range of sec­tors, in­clud­ing both off­shore and on­shore wind tur­bine struc­tures, tele­coms and mar­itime as­sets and is said to be around 20 times faster than tra­di­tional meth­ods of car­ry­ing out sur­veys.

With the abil­ity to in­di­cate, through a spot iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, all UT mis­sions are pre­cise and in­stan­ta­neous in cap­tur­ing and de­liv­er­ing re­sults.

All UT drone op­er­a­tions are over­seen by Texo’s ac­cred­ited and cer­tifi­cated tech­ni­cians, en­sur­ing ac­cu­rate data and mea­sure­ments.

In­spec­tion data is com­bined with a pic­ture of the com­pleted sur­vey, pin­point­ing ex­act mea­sure­ment lo­ca­tions on the struc­ture/sur­face to an ac­cu­racy of below 10mm.

“This is a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in the field of in­spec­tion en­gi­neer­ing”

John Wood, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, of Texo Drone Sur­vey and In­spec­tion said: “This is a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in the field of in­spec­tion en­gi­neer­ing.

“Client feed­back has been in­di­cat­ing that this is an area of huge de­mand and we have worked tire­lessly to bring this to the mar­ket.”

Mr Wood added: “We of­fer an en­hanced UT thick­ness mea­sure­ment ser­vice to our clients, com­bined with in­creased safety to per­son­nel and ef­fi­ciency of data de­liv­ery.

“Like all our classlead­ing pay­loads, they are safer than tra­di­tional rope access and scaf­fold­ing meth­ods and data ac­qui­si­tion can be twenty times faster than by tra­di­tional meth­ods – rep­re­sent­ing sig­nif­i­cant ef­fi­cien­cies for clients.”

The com­pany is the owner-op­er­a­tor of the world’s most com­pre­hen­sive and dy­namic fleet of un­manned drones.

It sup­ports a num­ber of sec­tors, de­liv­er­ing a wide se­lec­tion of ser­vices that helps clients op­er­ate a safer and more ef­fi­cient work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Key ser­vices range from vis­ual in­spec­tion and ther­mo­graphic sur­veys through to de­tailed li­dar map­ping and to mea­sure­ment anal­y­sis.

The com­pany has both ro­tor and fixed-wing UAV plat­forms which have the abil­ity to de­ploy na­tion­ally and over­seas at short no­tice.

HIGH FLYER: Texo’s Ul­tra­sonic Thick­ness Test­ing drone

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