Fulcrum Air - commercial drone services

Drone Facility Inspection

Understand your asset better than you ever have with
LiDAR, Thermal & RGB Mapping



When we speak of ‘Always Above’, we talk about the use of RPAS gathering the best overhead images and data on a facility, large or small. FulcrumAir’s RPAS are capable of carrying the most advanced sensors for long periods of time to capture all the data required and are the ideal drones for facility inspections. We can fly with absolute precision utilizing multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS positioning technology and direct georeferencing surveying techniques to provide geospatial data to accuracies better than 5cm RMSE with our LiDAR/RGB sensor (Trueview 410 by GeoCue Group). Another important consideration is the 90°cross track FOV captured with our LiDAR sensor, allowing us to map vertical surfaces and wide swaths of land. Our thermal camera has a 19mm lens and standard sensor size of 640×512, which allows for large image sizes. This data can be turned into useful maps providing a variety of different data sets, from thermal to LiDAR to RGB.

On earth, our work involves capturing, storing and analyzing large quantities of data — LiDAR data, high-resolution photographs, infrared thermal images and videos — that are gathered during flight. The recording and processing of such data collected over time from the same site can enable machine learning and a high degree of automated change detection.


As part of our drones facility inspections, FulcrumAir can use thermal & LiDAR/RGB systems, which are mounted to our industry-leading E2500 UAV. The TrueView 410 uses two of these in one package (LiDAR and RGB). LiDAR and RGB data combined is used to generate a colorized pointcloud, which can be used to obtain precise measurements and model as-built facilities and piping. Drainage models, contours, ground, vegetation, wires, pipes, poles, and anything else can be classified. Data extracted from the classification includes counts of items, volumes, measurements (height, width, etc.) or any other quantification that can be thought of. The third sensor, thermal, can be used to detect thermal leaks and spot inefficiencies or potential problems. It can also be used to look for nests and wildlife.