TUV India (TÜV NORD GROUP) recently conducted stage-wise assessment of 25MW solar PV power project located in about 160 km from Bengaluru spread across 90 acres using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as drone.The overall process involved conducting site assessment, flight planning, undertaking drone flight, uploading data from drone to advanced software, data processing, analysis, documentation, interpretation and delivering final report. The scope of assessment/inspection conducted with the drone in the first phase included topographical survey, terrain survey, coordinate measurements of land, depth of trench, pile foundation, Module Mounting Structure (MMS) and measurements, distance between poles, tilt, length and allied processes. It further included cable laying, substation, transmission line survey and overview of the project.
The second phase would take place after installation of solar modules and operation of PV power projects for at least six months. Having executing this solar PV power project successfully with the drone, TUV India is now confident to replicate and make use of this technology for assessment, surveillance and inspection of infrastructure projects like rail, roads, sea port, airports, and areas like cross-country pipeline, wind projects, inspection of terminals, large tank farms etc. Manish Bhuptani, Managing Director of TUV India and V. Viswanathan, VP – Infra, Rail, Renewable, with the help of TUV India’s site engineers and the drone service provider executed this project successfully.