Inspecting two 155 m high smokestacks



The perfect synergy between drone technology and traditional rope access was demonstrated at a recent inspection project undertaken by Skyriders at one of the country’s oldest power stations, located in Mpumalanga. The fast-track project was undertaken in conjunction with partner company Nyeleti Consulting. The two-part project involved the inspection of two 155 m-high smokestacks. The external inspection component was carried out by a two-person team deploying hi-tech drones fitted with high-definition 4K and thermal cameras. The thermal imaging was carried out very early in the morning, before the sun’s heat could have an impact on the smokestacks. This was necessary to identify any hotspots that could indicate areas where the internal brick lining of the concrete wind shield had deteriorated.

Contact Mike Zinn, Skyriders, Tel 011 312-1418, mike@ropeaccess.co.za

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