Marietta Group introduced a new supplemental inspection capability that uses powerful artificial intelligence (AI) software and high-resolution drone capture technology to identify, map and track exterior defects on silos. The AI Supplemental Inspection service brings speed and precision to damage and crack mapping not previously been possible.
During the drone capture phase, detailed images of the entire silo are obtained via a predetermined flight plan that ensures still pictures and videos are taken at precise intervals around the structure. This information is processed into a 3D model of the silo(s). AI algorithms in the processing software identify cracks, spalling, corrosion, and other damages, including those measuring less than 0.1 mm. The damage type, measurement and exact location are mapped onto the 3D model and ranked based on severity.
“We’ve been in the industry for more than a century yet bringing in full capabilities of artificial intelligence for extended inspections is a game-changer,” said Dennis Blauser, CEO. “We are the first and only silo company in the United States to offer this kind of technology as part of our inspections.”
The new inspection service reduces time spent crack mapping to mere minutes. It provides a comprehensive portfolio of accurate and progressive tracking from one inspection to the next for comparisons over time and to reduce liability from unexpected failures. The AI Supplemental Inspection service is available throughout the United States as a standalone service or as one of Marietta Group’s three existing inspection levels.
“While our AI Supplemental Inspection does not replace a full silo inspection, it does add extremely rich data that can allow customers to keep a closer eye on exterior changes in between regularly scheduled inspections,” said Blauser.
Marietta Group, www.mariettasilos.com