Unlocking Benefits of Drone Footage in HAZMAT
Advancing technology has opened up many different fields, and HAZMAT assessment is one of them. Drones have become increasingly prevalent across the industry spectrum, helping teams safely approach hazardous, time-consuming, or expensive tasks.
At Consultex, that’s why we offer HAZMAT drone services to NZ teams looking to explore and survey potentially hazardous environments while maximising safety.
If you’re considering using this technology for your next site assessment, there’s a lot to know here. From enhanced safety to longitudinal environmental monitoring, there are many ways drone footage can enhance your team’s efforts. In this blog post, we’re reviewing five key benefits of incorporating drone technology into your HAZMAT projects.
When it comes to HAZMAT projects, there is nothing more important than safety. Surveying, collecting, and examining potentially hazardous materials is fundamentally risky. With recent advancements and the right team at hand, drones can help minimise these risks by reducing the need for workers to enter hazardous zones.
While this may have been a restrictive medium years ago, modern drone technology provides the capability for high-resolution images and videos. Therefore, drones are able to survey areas and collect essential data without potentially endangering human workers.
This is especially helpful in situations where sites have possible chemical leaks, fires, or other hazardous incidents in progress. When dealing with volatile situations, the enhanced situational awareness offered by specialised drones is a real game-changer.
Due to the care that must be shown to keep workers safe, traditional HAZMAT surveillance methods require a lot of time and energy. Rightly so. However, some situations require quicker data collection methods, especially those that are in difficult-to-access areas. While we’ve collectively developed HAZMAT procedures that allow for efficiency, drones are often much more efficient.
Drones fly over HAZMAT sites, literally rising above areas with challenging terrain that might stop humans in their tracks. From there, the drones – controlled by a qualified HAZMAT expert – quickly capture relevant imagery and data.
Not only is this generally faster, but it also allows for more frequent assessments. Teams can also go in and out without having to don and decontaminate PPE over and over again. This is one of the primary benefits we notice when providing HAZMAT drone services in NZ.
Precise Data Accuracy
When making decisions in HAZMAT projects, it’s critical that all environmental data is as accurate as possible. For these decision-makers, drones equipped with high-resolution cameras, LIDAR technology, and other sensors are a major asset. This is the kind of tool that can offer a very detailed view of the hazardous environment.
In fact, with the right advanced software on hand, the data collected by drones can be processed into 3D models and maps of anything on site. With these digital representations of the HAZMAT site, your team can gain a better understanding of the layout or potential risks and plan ahead for them.
As with any ongoing project, cost is a major factor. Hiring enough personnel to map a HAZMAT site safely can be costly, not to mention adding on the necessary equipment. From initial site surveys to ongoing monitoring, drones are a great way to save on cost.
They are incredibly cost-effective, as they require much less manpower and have a faster turnaround than equipping individual staff. They also happen to be very versatile, reducing the need to hire expensive specialist equipment.
Drones also bring the world of remote working to site surveillance. Specialists can work off-site, conducting assessments without anyone needing to pay travel expenses.
When and where appropriate, environmental monitoring can also be about longevity. Longitudinal environmental studies are time-intensive, expensive, and prone to human error. After all, they’re about monitoring environmental impacts and changes over time, which requires prolonged and detailed attention that can lapse.
That’s where drones come in. Drone footage and the accompanying software make surveying and comparing aspects of the environment much easier. A smaller team can take care of the monitoring, and it takes much less time. But why is this so important?
Environmental monitoring is a powerful preventative measure. While dealing with issues after they happen is important, stopping them before they even occur is much better. With regular check-ins via drone, teams can take corrective action quickly when something feels out of place, helping to minimise the impact of HAZMAT incidents on the area.
In summary, leveraging the power of drone footage allows HAZMAT professionals to enhance almost every aspect of their work. From cost efficiency to data accuracy, this is an incredibly worthwhile avenue to pursue.
We’ve been in the business of safe and efficient environmental monitoring for many years. Drone footage and photography is one of our most advanced surveillance methods, and we’re proud to offer it to teams looking to upgrade their HAZMAT protocols.
Elevate your HAZMAT projects with aerial precision
Curious if your project is right for our HAZMAT drone services in NZ? Contact Consultex today and unlock the full potential of drone footage for safer and smarter solutions.