Proper and well-maintained lighting at the sports event is crucial for sports event’s success and safety of the attendees. Traditional inspection methods are bound to go out of trend because they require a technical workforce to climb lighting towers and other utilities to fix issues. Our superior drone lighting inspection services make the process of sports lighting maintenance and inspection quick, affordable, and hassle-free. Now, you can instantly fly drones to perform close and real-time investigations of sports lighting poles and towers. You can also take our expert services to perform regular professional inspections.
”CPSC recommends that all outdoor steel stadium light poles be routinely inspected by a professional.”
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (2010)
Helping Improve Sports Facility Lighting Structures
- Get maximum value from lighting structures with regular drone inspections
- Save your time, which you otherwise have to spend on manual inspections
- No need to risk the lives of technicians and workers
- Helps in eliminating common lighting issues
Providing analysis on improvements and documenting current condition of Equipment
Valmont provides non-destructive techniques such as magnetic particle inspection, dye penetrant, or ultrasonic inspection techniques.
Things we look for/Identify/report on
- wiring faults
- misaligned features
- Galvanizing coating thickness check
- Base weld crack defect detection
- Magnetic Particle Testing
- Ultrasonic Testing
- Structure connections inspection
- Physical damage
Managing sports facility lighting with drone inspections is fast, cost-effective, and safe. Not paying proper attention to sports lighting maintenance can put the life of sports event attendees and workers at risk. Professional inspections with our drones enables the stakeholders to detect problems in lighting poles and structures before they become life-threatening. With real-time views of the lighting infrastructure, you can fix problems quickly and efficiently.
The same lighting banks of sports light poles that produce generous event illumination, can also be the source of significant wind loading and stresses leading to catastrophic failure. Coupled with the fact that these structures are by nature in close proximity to dense amounts of people, the liability risk is substantial. Because of this, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been quick to issue previous recalls and recommends specialized inspections. Engineering societies are also aware of the risk associated with sports lighting, all of them recommend rigorous inspections and some are poised to release standards governing inspection frequencies.
Other concerns that engineers hold for sports lighting poles includes life-limiting corrosion, damage from lighting strikes, degraded attachment hardware, unsafe climbing points and poorly designed modifications. To mitigate these risk and ensure a long service life, Valmont provides specialized sports lighting inspection and as the world’s leading manufacturer of poles, we hold the expertise to both identify hard-to-see but critical issues, and how to solve them.
To ensure the utmost of inspection, Valmont starts sports lighting inspection with UAS flights that cover every square inch of the structure, top-to-bottom. With powerful optics and 20.8MP cameras, indications of fatigue and corrosion are detected down to 1/64th of inch. Each photo is analyzed by certified Non Destructive Technicians (NDT) using ultra high resolution multi-K displays. While conducting the inspection, key points of interest are supporting members, walks, baskets, lighting assemblies, damaged cabling and luminaires. Additional non-destructive testing includes ultrasonic and magnetic particle examination of pole base plates and shaft welds, ultrasonic thickness gauging of steel substrate and protective coatings, stray voltage and structure stance.
After a completed NDT condition assessment, detailed reports are provided with an easy-to-understand scoring system, a visual documentation library, and recommendations for structure care and if needed, repair. Because the inspection is drone based, there will be no heavy equipment involved, preserving turf, nearly eliminating contractor safety risk and making the inspection process faster.
Sports Facility Mapping and Modeling
Along with your sports lighting inspection needs, Valmont also provides precision 2D and 3D sports facility mapping and modeling via drone. Athletic, Risk and Facility managers find these services useful for:
- Highly accurate models for construction and remodeling
- Event planning
- Public safety responses and evacuation
- Insurance documentation
- Asset and building management
Data collected to build maps and models are done with drones equipped with studio grade optics, 20.8MP sensors and centimeter grade flight precision with RTK GPS guidance. Images collected can range from a few hundred for small stadiums, to thousands for large campuses, either way the processed using Swiss engineered software with an end result of true-to-life models and maps with one-inch accuracy.
All maps and models produced are cloud hosted, so no special software is needed for viewing and team sharing. Any portion of the map can be viewed from any virtual altitude, or any angle. Along with viewing from any angle, you can precisely measure distance from any desired point, measure area and cubical space. For advanced needs, all data can be exported for use on other software platforms for media production or CAD.
Drone mapping services are conducted with Valmont staff pilots who are expertly trained in aerial mapping and inspection data collection. Because the service is drone based, there is little to no disruption to campus activities but services are available to days and times of your choosing.