Key Benefits of UAV Drones for Confined Space Inspection

From the oil and gas industry to infrastructure and utility sectors across Scotland and the North of England; accessing and inspecting confined spaces can be challenging. Traditional methods of confined spaces inspection are usually dangerous, time-consuming and costly. Confined Spaces Inspection can lead to safety risk of life, with workers getting stuck or exposed to toxic gases, liquids, chemicals and more.

confined spaces drone services
An indoor drone equipped with protective frame about to begin an inspection of a confined space pipeline


The tight nature of confined spaces access also means that the limited space can significantly hinder an inspection workers movements and ability to perform an effective and comprehensive inspection service.
But there is a new and better way of conducting confined inspection services that is faster, safer and can be carried out at a reduced cost. Companies in the oil and gas, infrastructure and utilities sectors are turning to UAV aerial drones specially designed to work in confined spaces and indoor environments to inspect tunnels, pipes, ducts, tanks, chimneys, roofing structures and more.

The confined space inspection drones that we use at Balmore Aerial Services are equipped with on-board LED lighting, high definition cameras and housed in collision tolerant carbon fiber cage for maximum protection. Our confined spaces drones are designed to easily navigate and operate safely in a wide range of confined spaces including dark or contaminated areas, manholes, inspection pits, boreholes, excavations, sumps, storage tanks, boilers, furnaces, stacks, and more.

The key benefits of using drone-based inspections are:

  • Reducing inspection costs
  • Easy to transport to inspection location
  • Reducing confined space inspection time
  • Reduced downtime
  • Collection of comprehensive data
  • Improved safety