Drones and other aerial robotic systems are quickly
solidifying their place in the industrial inspection process. They have quickly
come from “Is this possible?” to routine in the plant setting, managed by
entire teams of people at asset-owning and service-providing companies. These
aerial robots started off as manual and difficult to control but are rapidly
approaching fully autonomous in their operation and data analysis.
This presentation answers the following questions:
- How far are aerial robotics, such as drones, from being fully autonomous in the plant setting?
- What prevents drones from being autonomous now?
- What is the difference between operational autonomy and data autonomy?
- What will this mean for NDT inspectors?
- Can asset owners and inspectors trust the data that is being collected by autonomous robots?