SKYWALKER provides services designed to support problem-solving in a variety of cases, from land and building surveying to rescue support in case of disaster.
Drones are being used in a wide variety of applications including various corporate researching and analyses, land surveys, goods transportation, agricultural chemical application, disaster site investigation and searching, construction-related surveys and inspections, and researching and investigations in various academic fields. SKYWALKER strives to meet these various needs by offering highly safe and efficient services.
Using drones makes it possible to perform inspections in inaccessible or dangerous locations such as high-up places, and to work more efficiently in elevated situations thanks to the eliminated need for scaffolding.
Moreover, because all that is needed for operation is the drone itself and an operator, allowing for substantial reductions in labor costs.
Benefits of Using Drones
Check current conditions of places where accessibility is difficult, such as high locations
・Power line surveying
・Bridge inspections, etc.
Investigate environments where ensuring safety is difficult
・Surveying near craters, etc.
Diver-less underwater investigations
・Seabed explorations and habitat surveying
・Ship-bottom inspections, etc.
Compared with conventional costs, using drones generally helps to cut costs,
and because the device is unmanned, surveys can be carried out more safely.
Modern long-distance transmission lines spread across the country like a mesh net. However, because this net is installed so high above the ground, maintenance and other tasks are labor-intensive.
For this reason, using a drone not only makes inspections easier but also allows for greater efficiency.
Due to their height, working on wind turbines is often a dangerous task. The turbine must also be stopped for inspection, meaning no energy can be produced.
Drones, however, are capable of accurate flight near the turbine, ensuring smooth inspection without all the downsides.
Using a drone equipped with an infrared camera can greatly improve work efficiency. Temperature anomalies can be detected using clear thermal images, and scanning the operating area can be done quickly, ensuring repairs and recovery work are completed in a timely manner.
Using a drone makes collecting the necessary data for agricultural products easy and efficient. Equipping the drone with an infrared camera facilitates observation by making it possible to analyze greenhouses and crops using infrared imagery. Spraying agricultural chemicals on crops and plants can also be performed more efficiently.
Drones make capturing aerial video with geographic information incredibly easy. Special software can then be used to process the images to create point groups, orthochromatic images, and terrain models. Drones can also be used to create high-accuracy 3D models for a clear understanding of construction progress and other tasks.
Underwater drones can be used for ocean surveys and exploration. Using an underwater drone capable of depths up to 100 meters and equipped with a high-definition camera, SKYWALKER is able to provide highly accurate underwater video services without ever leaving the shore. This also makes it possible to cut costs considerably compared with conventional underwater surveying.
Inspections using drones equipped with
up to 180× zoom cameras
The ability to perform inspections even from a remote location not only improves inspection speeds but also increases efficiency and reduces the risk of collision.
[Inspection targets: Wind turbines, mobile phone base stations, etc.]
Disaster Relief Support
SKYWALKER recognizes that drones can be useful tools for collecting life-saving data in the event of a disaster by providing a birds-eye view of the damage situation, mapping the disaster locally, and then using that information to help send rescue teams to the locations they will be most effective.
Mostly in cooperation with local disaster-prevention agencies, SKYWALKER plans to continue actively introducing drones in disaster-prevention drills and the like, beginning with a collaboration with the Kobe City Fire Department in the spring in the hopes of confirming the on-site usability of drones in the event of an actual disaster or fire.
*SKYWALKER is also examining the usability of drones in collaboration with various other local fire departments.
Providing an understanding of the current situation by looking at the affected site
Aerial imaging following a disaster provides useful information for collecting data directly linked to life-saving rescues. The imagery makes it possible to understand where assistance is most needed and to send rescue teams to the most effective locations.
Moreover, utilizing image analysis software makes it possible to accurately understand the extent of damage, and this information can then be used for planning post-disaster recovery efforts.
Evacuation instructions in the event of a disaster
For firefighting efforts, drones can be used to quickly determine unaffected routes.
Drones equipped with infrared cameras can also be beneficial by providing a look inside dense smoke. These camera scan also be used to help locate the location or source of a fire.
SKYWALKER has joined forces with the City of Kobe, Hyogo,
to provide services in the event of a disaster.
On March 21, 2017, SKYWALKER entered into a contract with the City of Kobe, Hyogo, to provide services in the event of a disaster.
The collaboration included collecting information such as images necessary for disaster responses and other tasks, and providing disaster assistance such as by creating disaster area maps.
In cooperation with the Planning Maintenance Office of Kobe City’s Maintenance Division in the Building Engineering Department, Housing and Urban Development Bureau, SKYWALKER performed various analyses of designated disaster evacuation areas (the Kobe City College of Technology, Noevir Stadium Kobe, and Kobe City’s Nada Ward and Nishi Ward offices), beginning September 1 and completed in early December 2017.