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Ground-based Thermal Inspection – Landborne Robot Use Case

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Thermal inspections play an important part in safety operations around the world at, but not limited to the energy, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries. This type of inspection often finds issues that can't be seen by the human eye and increases safety as a direct result.

While thermal inspections are amazing, they often require a team to manually inspect areas of interest, taking up valuable time and placing people in potentially dangerous situations.

How does ground-based thermal inspection work?

  1.  Once programmed, Spot will start itself up and begin inspecting areas of interest.
  2. At each area Spot will capture data in the form of photos and videos, making sure every angle is covered.
  3. The data is then sent back to a control room in real-time for analysis and is stored on Spot to be downloaded later.
  4. Once complete, Spot will return to its base station, charge itself, and download the data it captured so it can be run through AI to detect any issues.

Benefits of using landborne robots

  • When using something like the Boston Dynamics Spot people are completely removed from potentially dangerous areas increasing safety.
  • Spot's operations can be automated, meaning no one must worry about the inspection and continue with more important work.
  • Inspection frequency can be increased with Spot working around the clock, even at night.

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