What is this course about?
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to UAS thermography. Complying with international (ISO) standards for thermography, it covers the fundamentals of infrared science and thermal physics, thermal camera design and operation, and an introduction to interpreting thermal images. It concludes with a section giving you the practical knowledge necessary to perform live inspections of photovoltaic cell solar panels.
During the course, you will learn about:
- The science behind thermography
- Correct practices and industry recognized standard operating procedures
- Thermal payloads available for drones and their operation
- How to interpret a thermal image
- Thermal orthomosaics (e. infrared mapping) and 3D modeling
- Applications in various industries including: Infrastructure, Power lines, Construction, Solar Panel Arrays and more.
Ideal for working in industries such as solar farms, wind turbines, building insulation and powerline inspections, infrared is very much in demand. The whole course is orientated towards taking infrared images from a drone, probably the most useful payload a UAS can carry for acquiring the sophisticated data that many industries need. The online course segment gives you all this knowledge in an easy to follow format, there is also an optional practical segment that compliments the online training where you will actually learn to fly missions using IR technology to gather the sort of data industry needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for UAS pilots looking to expand their skillset to include work using a thermal camera. It is designed for both people who already have a thermal camera and for those who are still deciding on one to purchase. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.
What’s the structure of the course?
The course is divided into six modules:
- Introduction to Thermography
- Fundamentals of Thermographic Science
- Infrared Cameras
- Camera Operation
- Solar Panels
- Image Processing
At the end there is a 30 question quiz to test your understanding of the material.
What are the prerequisites for the course?
Ownership of a drone, as well as basic drone flying ability is assumed. No prior knowledge of thermal cameras or their operation is required. Ownership of a thermal camera is not required, but it is assumed one will be acquired in the near future.
What will I be able to do after this course?
You will be able to operate, troubleshoot, and interpret data from a UAS mounted thermal camera. You will understand the scientific principles behind infrared camera operation and functionality. You will also be prepared to perform UAS inspections of solar panels and identify common issues.