New Braunfels Utilities utilizes drone technology to increase safety, efficiency, and provide accurate data. All NBU pilots are Federal Aviation Administration certified. New Braunfels Utilities’ drones are clearly marked to make them easily identifiable.
Drone uses include:
- Elevated tank inspections
- Electrical line inspections
- Quality assurance and quality control
- Vegetation maintenance monitoring
New Braunfels Utilities respects customer privacy and will only fly on NBU owned easements.
Drone technology allows NBU to inspect elevated areas from a safe location and not rely on human memory to retain data.
A program that allows NBU to conduct inspections of power lines, transformers, poles, and water towers with ease to locate potential problems before they occur.
There is no longer a need for NBU employees with trucks and heavy equipment to navigate a customer’s property where NBU assets are in place. The NBU service drones are able to inspect assets faster and more efficiently, take photographs of aging infrastructure, and identify potential problems, allowing NBU to proactively address issues before they occur.
Studies indicate the average cost of manpower and equipment to inspect assets is approximately $80 per structure. Utilizing the drone, the cost is estimated at approximately $1.
The drone can be used after storms to conduct surveys of NBU infrastructure that may be critical during weather events. The data obtained can be shared with emergency personnel.