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3D Digital Twin

Enhanced Visualization Through Geospatially Positioned and Data-intelligent 3d Models

The significance of 3D digital twin models, harnessed through the utilization of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs), cannot be overstated in the telecom and energy industries. These models stand as catalysts for enhancing efficiency, safety, and fostering innovation.

Through the powerful technique of Photogrammetry, digital twins are not just created, but they are also precisely geolocated. This geolocation embeds high-precision measurement capabilities and conceptual 3D modeling tools within the twins. Additionally, these digital twin models serve as invaluable navigation tools, allowing swift access to hundreds or even thousands of high-resolution photos.

In the telecom sector, these digital twins assume a pivotal role by offering meticulous visualizations of critical components such as cell towers and network infrastructure. The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI), tailor-made for telecom structures, enables the identification of tower-mounted equipment, seamlessly providing a catalog of tower assets. This catalog can be updated efficiently to flag broken equipment, infractions, or include relevant notations.

The capabilities of these digital twins extend to enabling comprehensive inspections, facilitating the swift identification of wear and tear. Consequently, companies gain the power to proactively address maintenance needs, effectively minimizing downtime and ensuring uninterrupted connectivity.

Similarly, within the energy sector, digital twins derived from drone surveys provide an expansive view of power plants, pipelines, and renewable energy facilities. By capturing real-time data on equipment conditions, these models pave the way for predictive maintenance strategies, effective risk mitigation, and the optimization of energy production processes.

Beyond these practical benefits, digital twin models play a central role in the design and engineering phases across both industries. They serve as invaluable tools during the conceptualization and planning of new infrastructure projects, ensuring precision and aiding in sound decision-making.

Structural Mapping & Analysis

Unlocking Structural and Mount Analysis Capabilities Through Precision Data Collection

Structural & Mount Mapping & Analysis ensures safety and compliance of critical infrastructure. Using Aerial Mapping and advanced drone technology, we conduct in-depth examinations of ground structures. Our digital twins, created through high-precision imaging and 3D modeling, guarantee industry code compliance and the safety of mounted equipment. This commitment empowers proactive decision-making for operational excellence and regulatory compliance.

Aerial Topographic Contour Mapping

3D Topographic Terrain Models Provide Valuable Geographic Visulization and Information

Our cutting-edge drone technology delivers accurate data, covering both structures and vast landscapes. Unlike traditional maps, our approach captures elevation variations, crucial for Line of Sight inspections. This eliminates the need for on-site surveys, providing early insights into vegetation, elevation, and potential build plans. Our point-cloud models offer engineers accurate measurements directly from images, streamlining the planning process for enhanced decision-making. This data aids in optimizing costs and equipment placement - ensuring efficient planning.

Features of 3D topographic terrain models:
  • Embedded geospatial data tools for measurements, annotations, and asset management.
  • Downloadable high-resolution photos from various angles.
  • Seamless integration with CAD for planning, design, and engineering.

Terrestrial 3D Models

3D Geospatial Data of Land-based Facilities and Structures

By harnessing the capabilities of 360-degree cameras and LIDAR scanners, we introduce a groundbreaking solution: immersive walk-through tours of diverse facilities, compounds, and structures. Through these cutting-edge technologies, we offer comprehensive 3D walkthrough models that guarantee no aspect goes unnoticed. Beyond this, our approach unlocks a treasure trove of analytical tools, enabling precise measurements and annotations of assets.

The wealth of data generated serves as a robust foundation, enhancing your grasp of the facility's layout and features. This heightened situational awareness equips you with the insights needed to make informed decisions and shape future designs. Ultimately, our utilization of 360-degree cameras and LIDAR scanners transcends conventional methods, delivering a holistic and dynamic understanding of your environment while propelling your strategic planning endeavors.

Inspection Services

Innovative Solutions for Enhanced Safety and Efficency

TruNorthe offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to fulfill various inspection needs. With its proficient capabilities and specialized experts, TruNorthe not only delivers customizable inspections and reports across diverse industries but also offers complete end-to-end project and program management.

Our on-demand inspection services are available for a wide array of sectors, including energy generation and distribution, telecommunications, industrial settings, disaster recovery, insurance compliance, tower restoration, closeout packages, and scheduled annual TIA standard inspections. Through the implementation of a drone-centric inspection package, we prioritize safety by significantly reducing the need for physical climbing and its associated hazards.

By utilizing this innovative approach, our teams are equipped with a thorough understanding of tower conditions and repair prerequisites even before embarking on any climbing activities. This pre-emptive knowledge serves to minimize risks to both personnel and equipment, demonstrating our commitment to upholding safety and efficiency at every stage.

IR Electrical Inspections

Thermal and Infrared-Enabled Inspections

Deploying state-of-the-art thermal (IR) sensors, our team adeptly gathers thermal scans from both ground and aerial platforms. These scans yield invaluable insights into a diverse range of equipment across structures and facilities. Notably, the IR scans excel at highlighting issues such as faulty electrical wiring, improper grounding, equipment malfunctions, and coolant leaks, especially on expansive broadcast towers.

Thermal scans offer substantial advantages, especially when applied to solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Both utility and commercial-scale ground and roof-mounted arrays can benefit from efficient aerial inspections. These scans quickly identify factors that may undermine system efficiency, reducing the need for time-consuming on-site troubleshooting to pinpoint the root cause of issues.

Thermal sensors play a crucial role in various scenarios, such as mandatory annual maintenance and system performance inspections, initial construction closeout inspections, and insurance assessments. Leveraging infrared (IR) assets for the rapid detection of issues enables repair teams to streamline their operations. This efficiency reduces the time spent troubleshooting or navigating intricate systems, resulting in faster issue resolution. By addressing the root cause directly, downtime is minimized, ultimately boosting overall operational effectiveness.

AI Rust Detection

Utilize Advanced AI to Scan and Detect Rust on Structural Assests

We leverage some of the most cutting-edge data processing engines available in the industry, harnessing their advanced capabilities to train and adapt these engines to specific industry requirements. This is achieved without the need for the extensive manual labor that was traditionally indispensable.

Our innovation extends to the integration of a novel Machine Learning (ML) engine alongside outputs powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through this synergy, we can seamlessly process intricate tower models and meticulously scan vast datasets to accurately pinpoint instances of surface rust across various structural configurations.

This automation revolutionizes the reporting timeline, significantly reducing the turnaround time while elevating the accuracy quotient. Simultaneously, we furnish you with a comprehensive map that guides you to each photograph capturing instances of rust on your asset.

A primary advantage of our approach lies in the elimination of the necessity to expose personnel to tower-related hazards. Instead, our methodology ensures comprehensive coverage while providing an unprecedented level of detail in visualizing both the rust and the overall tower condition.

Microwave Line of Sight

Enhancing Accuracy, Safety, and Efficiency in Los Inspections

Our Microwave Line of Sight (LOS) reports revolutionize accuracy and safety in telecommunications. Unlike manual inspections prone to false confirmations, our drone-based LOS reports ensure precise alignment between microwave dishes. Drone line-of-sight surveying outperforms traditional methods by delivering data-rich insights without the need for climbing towers This advanced approach not only improves accuracy but also enhances safety, providing a superior and reliable solution for LOS inspections in the telecommunications industry.

  • Data-intelligent 3D digital twin models offer detailed insights into existing tower equipment and structures.
  • Eliminates the need for climbing towers and deploying multiple crews for validation.
  • Enables reverse engineering of line-of-sight, allowing post-inspection re-evaluation without additional deployments.
  • Validates line-of-sight from just one side of a microwave hop.
  • Hundreds of embedded high-resolution photos exponentially enhance site visibility.
  • Outward-Facing 360-Degree Panoramic Photos are available at any tower elevation.
  • Enhanced accessibility to facilities with challenging access.
  • Identifies unforeseen site issues and environmental obstructions, such as bird nests, damaged equipment, and potential future microwave path obstructions.
  • Provides invaluable data for future planning, design, and engineering.

Asset Management / Preventitive Maintenance Inspections

AI-empowered Digital Twins Elevating Asset Management for Optimal Operational Maintenance

Our AI-powered Asset Management/Preventive Maintenance Inspections utilize smart digital twin models to optimize operational maintenance. Generating detailed structure models, our AI engine automatically identifies tower elements, providing comprehensive details. This proactive approach allows us to flag and address issues promptly, from equipment maintenance to rust detection. The seamless integration of AI tools streamlines operations, automatically cataloging assets, examining physical attributes, and identifying equipment issues, ultimately saving time and resources while preventing site delays and associated costs.

AI-enhanced tools for operations & maintenance include::
  • Automatically inventorying and cataloging tower-mounted assets.
  • Examining physical attributes of equipment, such as dimensions, azimuth, altitude, and georeferenced coordinates.
  • Identifying and tagging equipment issues that require maintenance.
  • Rust detection highlights the presence of surface rust on structures.