Drone Inspections | RayAccess, Inc.
Proudly Serving Los Angeles And The Surrounding Areas
RayAccess performs aerial drone inspection services helping industries where routine visual inspections are needed for safety and compliance. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are simply one of the tools our technicians use to offer the most cutting edge high access services available throughout the Los Angeles market. RayAccess Inc. is a one-stop shop for rope access, visual inspections, waterproofing, painting, and cleaning.
Our cost effective drone solutions are highly versatile inspection tools for the detection and interpretation of all kinds of surface flaws. High resolution images and drone data fills gaps in the inspection process for building and industrial inspections alike.
Contact RayAccess for a drone inspection of your building facade or industrial asset. We invest in the safest and most cost-effective methods to complete visual inspections with our certified industrial rope access technicians and FAA-licensed drone pilots. Call us today to reduce safety risks, access hard-to-reach areas and confined spaces for a wide range of visual inspections and repair.
Table of Contents
- 1 Drone Inspection Applications & Service Area:
- 2 What is a Drone Inspection:
- 3 Drone Inspections vs Rope Access Inspections:
- 4 Primary Benefits With Drone Inspections:
- 5 Thermal Imaging:
- 6 Indoor Drone Inspections:
- 7 Drone Roof Inspections and Infrared Roof Inspections:
- 8 Standards and Regulations:
- 9 Drone Inspections with RayAccess:
- 10 References:
Drone Inspection Applications & Service Area:
Whether you need a roof inspection on a private home or an industrial inspection on a bridge, smokestack, or amusement park; RayAccess FAA-certified drone pilots are waiting to hear from you. Based in Los Angeles, RayAccess, Inc. proudly serves Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
Building & Property Management:
Drone building inspections of hotels, residential complexes, office buildings, and historic properties. We inspect for corrosion, substrate condition, cracks, damages, leak sources, and damages.
Drone construction inspections to monitor progress and worker safety. In addition to, crane & machinery inspections.
Drone inspections of storage tanks and vessels help reduce the risk of harmful leaks.
Infrastructure & Telecom:
Drone inspections for routine maintenance and disaster relief that the public relies on every day. Inspecting a wide array of infrastructure such as roads, railroads, bridges, powerlines, cell towers to name a few.
Inspecting roof damage or car accident scenes are a few examples of how insurance companies can use drones to justify insurance claims.
Drone inspections of wind turbines, smokestacks and industrial chimneys remove the risk of inspectors hurting themselves when using scaffolding for visual inspection. Drones can also monitor solar panel farms to find and replace faulty panels while still under warranty.
Drones can be deployed for search and rescue operations and to monitor threats of wildfires, active shooter, etc.
Drone inspections of huge container ships make the routine inspection of storage tanks inside the hull of a ship much easier.
What is a Drone Inspection:
A drone inspection is a visual inspection capturing visual data that is reviewed by a human inspector. The lionshare of the visual inspection work is performed after the flight, although it can be completed on the spot. In this instance, the drone inspection is a visual inspection, with the drones camera acting as the human inspectors eyes. An experienced pilot can steer the drone very easily from the ground with live feed technology.
Drone Inspections vs Rope Access Inspections:
Both drones and rope access solutions are preferred methods for inspection compared to use of cranes, snooper trucks, or erecting scaffolding. Drones and Industrial Rope Access have improved benefits including speed, cost, safety, flexibility, disruption, and aesthetics.
Drones are the fastest way to capture close-up data of an asset’s condition. Especially for the initial first-look. Although commercial drones have attachment capabilities they lack the hands-on benefit of an experienced worker. Since a drone can’t operate a screwdriver for example, these machines can’t do the repair and maintenance work.
Unlike drones which are limited to inspection devices, Rope Access technicians can also complete maintenance work such as installation, cleaning, and painting. Both methods have reduced risk of accidents if completed by trained pilots and industrial rope access technicians.
Commercial Drones + Industrial Rope Access = The Most Advanced Solution For Visual Inspections.
Primary Benefits With Drone Inspections:
- Large asset savings downtime. By using the quickest visual inspection method for the initial first-look, time on site of inspectors is reduced and the assets downtime for production is limited.
- Reporting damages for insurance purposes. Fires, earthquakes, and flooding all provide opportunities to obtain data via drones for homeowners and insurance companies.
- More inspections and better records. Given the lower cost advantage with drones, many industries are using them to conduct inspections more often. Translating into problems being discovered and addressed, more quickly. Therefore small problems don’t become big problems.
- Identifying malfunctions with precision. Drones are great at collecting vast amounts of imaging data. For example, dones can monitor solar panel farms and use GPS technology to find and replace faulty cells that need repair.
- Maintain compliance. Drones can keep industrial plants and pipelines in compliance with regulations.
- Workers Safety. Inspectors, factory and plant workers no longer have to be put into potentially dangerous situations.
- Cut costs on not having to use scaffolding. Installing temporary infrastructure or scaffolding for manual inspections can be a big expense.
- 3D mapping & gps time stamping. Topographical maps and 3D modeling of a jobsite can provide the most updated data to monitor real-time progress of construction.
Commercial drones are built with multiple configurations for attachment of a wide variety of cameras and sensors. For building inspections, drone pilots use thermal cameras tethered to their UAVs to detect GPS coordinates of infrared radiation not picked up by the naked eye. Faulty conditions of a building can be detected such as HVAC leaks, corrosion, water intrusion, sealant issues and many more.
Indoor Drone Inspections:
Aerial drone flights are known to be deployed in the great outdoors but indoor flights also have great value. Inspecting tight spaces such as attics, elevator shafts, and crawl spaces can be examined with drones built with anti-collision technology. RayAccess collision tolerant drones have sensors which avoid collisions in very tight spaces. A number of applications for indoor flight deployment include fire damage assessments, plumbing leaks, critter detection, moisture infiltration, and structural defects.
Drone Roof Inspections and Infrared Roof Inspections:
For insurance purposes, or if you are refinancing or selling your home, home roof inspections via drones can help with spotting damage that needs to be repaired.
Drones are commonly used by roof inspectors that can not access a particular roof. Perhaps your home is built on a hill or beachfront and the roof is too high or steep to access by conventional methods. A FAA licensed drone pilot, flies a drone tethered with a camera to capture close-up details of the entire roof surface. Afterward, the inspector will analyze the information and prepare a roof inspection report.
Upon request, RayAccess drones can deploy infrared roof inspections. Infrared roof inspections are specialized to detect leaks where indoor air is leaking out.
Standards and Regulations:
Unmanned Aircraft Systems are regulated by the FAA in the United States. RayAccess covers drone deployment with comprehensive insurance and all flights are operated by FAA-certified drone pilots.
Commercial flights of unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs and follow specific guidelines.
Operations Over People Rule:
Effective April 21, 2021, the rule eliminates the need for operations to receive individual Part 107 waivers from the FAA. The final rule allows routine operations over people and routine operations at night under certain circumstances. 
Drone Inspections with RayAccess:
UAVs is one area our business heavily invests in to keep buildings and structures safe but RayAccess crew are also trained technicians in maintenance, waterproofing and painting.
High Access Expertise:
RayAccess technicians are experienced using the complete spectrum of high access equipment including industrial rope access.
RayAccess project managers are seasoned professionals that have completed thousands of projects. Communication is a big part of any project with our team.
- Federal Aviation Administration. Certificated Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators. Part 107 rules. https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
- Federal Aviation Administration. Operations Over People General Overview. https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/operations_over_people/
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Drone Inspection Service Area
RayAccess, Inc. provides Drone Inspection Services at the following areas: Los Angeles County (including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Burbank, Encino, San Fernando, Pasadena, Culver City, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, El Segundo, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, City of Commerce).