To ensure the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of flare stacks requires regular inspection and maintenance. Every flare stack inspection should follow an established procedure, regular schedule, and the proper health and safety regulations.
While each organisation will require a tailor-made inspection solution, common inspection processes include stack thickness testing, cable, bolt, and guy-wire inspection, servicing, and lubrication, guy-wire tension settings, anchor bolt inspection, and outer stack stress appearance inspection and repair.
Each flare stack inspection requires the collection of data in the form of detailed optical imagery in situations where fast flight control responsiveness is critical due to the extreme heat generated by the flare stack. Conducting this kind of inspection using human inspectors also carries with it a high level of risk in terms of personal injury, significant productivity downtime, and potential human error.
The best way to conduct a flare stack inspection? Outsource the work to a specialist surveying company that specialises in aerial surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.
The benefit of using UAVs for flare stack inspections?
1. Safe and accurate data collection
Removing the risk to human inspectors, an aerial inspection using an AUV allows for the close-up, swift, and accurate detection of any damage to the structure and operation of the flare stack, even in confined spaces. It is also an easier and quieter option from an operational standpoint than the helicopters or other small aircraft sometimes used for these inspections.
2. Instant reporting
The technology used by UAVs allows for the collection of accurate, in-depth data that can be instantly transmitted for collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as speedy decision making.
3. Reduced down time
Aerial surveys take less time than human inspection (which requires inspectors to climb high and challenging structures which can be a slow and difficult undertaking). UAVs also have the ability to operate with little or no shut down time and in a variety of situational and weather conditions.
Inspecting a flare stack manually is a dangerous, time-consuming, and costly process, especially in the case of a shut down. An UAV survey means detailed images of the stack’s components without an inspector having to climb the stacks. Need a professional surveying provider to conduct your industrial inspections, including flare stack inspections? We have the expertise, experience, and surveying equipment to get the job done, safely and on time. Work with us and we will offer you a planning service, expert operators, the latest in hi-tech software solutions, sophisticated drones, cloud data processing and reporting structures, all within a tailor-made work flow designed to suit your business needs.