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Title: Utilizing New Technology to Provide Comprehensive Visual Assessment of Cooling Towers and Other Difficult-to-Access Structures

Author(s): Glenn Schaefer

Publication: Web Session

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Date: 3/24/2019

Abstract:
Because cooling towers are such massive structures with difficult access, condition assessments can be challenging. Typically, only limited and cursory tactile field assessments and sample collection are evaluated to determine areas in need of repair. Utilizing new technology, such as drones, allows for more comprehensive and detailed visual inspections at a reasonable cost. Advancements are taking these technologies past standard image capture methodologies and into 3-D graphic modeling and advanced imagery. This paper discusses where this new technological approach is taking us in each area of inspection from investigation and analysis.