Autonomous Aerial Robotics for NDT Inspections
Drones and other aerial robotic systems are quickly solidifying their place in the industrial inspection process.
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.
In this presentation, we will answer some of 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?
- Live demonstration of new aerial robotic technology
- Overview of automation levels
- Discussion about the future of autonomous robotics
- Q&A throughout
Christian Smith is one of the founding members of Interactive Aerial and serves as the company’s President. He oversees Interactive Aerial’s sales team and global distribution partners, along with managing day-to-day company operations. Christian has been involved in aviation for over 12 years. He studied business at the University of North Dakota where he also became a commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. Under his leadership, Interactive Aerial is modernizing how inspections are carried out today through successful drone technology. Christian has given many presentations about robotic technology over the years and looks forward to presenting to ASNT attendees!