On Track with Drones: Revolutionising Rail Industry Operations

Drones in the rail industry, rail inspections, flying drones over railways

Drones are revolutionising various aspects of the UK rail industry, from infrastructure inspections and drone mapping for railways, to emergency repair response. Flying drones over railways, however, is no simple task, and requires the appropriate drone training and qualifications to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

How are drones used in the rail industry?

  • Railway lines mapping
  • Infrastructure inspections
  • Safety and risk management
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Emergency response and incident management
  • Environmental monitoring

But what are the benefits of using drones in the rail industry?

One of the main benefits of using drones for railway inspections and monitoring is the enhanced health and safety on site. Drones minimise the need for workers to perform maintenance surveys in hazardous environments along railway tracks, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Drones also improve efficiency and can be used to conduct aerial surveys and railway inspections much faster than traditional methods, saving time, money, and increasing productivity.

Due to the advancements in drone technology, they can be equipped with cameras and sensors designed to provide detailed imagery and data, allowing for more accurate and comprehensive inspections and surveys of rail infrastructure.

This accurate data allows for the early detection of issues and deterioration in railway lines, enabling proactive maintenance and preventing avoidable costly repairs and severe incidents. These cameras and sensors also enable real-time situational awareness during emergencies or incidents through data collection, enabling prompt response and mitigation efforts, minimising disruption, and ensuring passenger safety.

Drone operators can be expensive to hire from an external company, which is why it’s important that you have professionally trained drone pilots within your workforce to carry out operations internally.

Want to learn how you can conduct your own drone railway inspection and improve on site safety? Our Zeta drone training course is ideal for you.

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