Cyberhawk conducts GENSIP compliant inspection of thermal power station

Case Study

Cyberhawk conducts GENSIP compliant inspection of thermal power station

Cyberhawk was approached by a major thermal power generation company in the UK to conduct a non-intrusive, close visual inspection of one of its thermal power stations, including all elevations and roofs.

 

Like many other thermal power operators, it conducts these inspections to the GENSIP Roofing & Cladding standard. This categorises the condition of area such as wall classing, patent glazing, curtain walling and roof decks. The standard looks to identify if these areas are intact or cracked, bent, corroded, broken, rotten or missing. The inspection findings must also be prioritised by severity of the defect to allow effective maintenance planning. For instance, does the defect present a remote risk, a possible risk, or a potentially hazardous event occurring in the next year, next few years or next 10 years.

 

This type of inspection would traditionally be undertaken using a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP). The use of MEWPs requires close risk management, however; the HSE states that risks include entrapment, overturning, falling and collision.

 

The client approached Cyberhawk as it was looking for an alternative, non-intrusive inspection technique which could examine the building’s cladding and roofing and identify areas of corrosion, damage and potential detachment. This inspection was to meet the criteria set out by the GENSIP standard.

 

Cyberhawk mobilised a UAV pilot and inspection engineer to site, who took just one day to conduct inspections of the external roof area and specific sections on the internal roof structure.

 

Upon review of the GENSIP reporting template, Cyberhawk recommended using our internally developed reporting standard as this exceeded the requirements set out by GENSIP, which the client agreed to. The report provided highlighted the location of defects and areas which required further tactile inspection and/or maintenance.

 

This project not only highlighted Cyberhawk’s ability to quickly and safely collect inspection data using UAVs, but also demonstrated the quality of our reporting by exceeding an existing industry standard.

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