Aerial Drone Inspections for Electric Utilities

PLP provides safe and reliable drone inspection services for utility assets including transmission and distribution power lines, substations, and generation facilities. By utilizing PLP's 70+ years of industry experience, our Inspection Services solution provides the expertise and knowledge needed to capture, analyze, and asses the condition of utility assets, including conductors, insulators, hardware, poles, towers, and rights-of-way.

  • 70+ years of electric power utility experience

  • World-renowned designer and manufacturer of utility system components

  • In-house, state-of-the-art research and testing facility

  • Global team of industry engineers and subject matter experts 

DJI 0032  DJI 0056  DJI 0057 


  Comprehensive Visual Inspection (Level 1)

  • Transmission Lines

  • Distribution Lines

  Aerial Top Views Only Inspection (Level 2)

  • Distribution Lines

  Additional Inspections and Surveys

  • Substation Facility

  • Generation Facility

  • Solar Power Array

  • Storm Damage Assessment

  • LiDAR Survey

  • Thermal Scan

  • Custom Projects

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  Project Planning

  • Detailed Statement of Work

  • Extensive pre-inspection planning

  • Safety assessment

  Field Inspection / Data Collection

  • Comprehensive image collection process (high-resolution E/O and IR)

  • Latest generation of aircraft and sensors

  • Insured, Part 107 licensed and experienced drone pilot

  • On-site inspection technician

  • Real-time inspection progress dashboard

  • Immediate notification of high-risk anomalies detected

  Post-Inspection Analysis

  • Comprehensive analysis by industry-experienced engineers

  • Identification and classification of Reliability Concerns (RCs)

  • Analysis of hot spots by certified thermographers


  • Interactive GIS-mapped results dashboard

  • Detailed and categorized spreadsheet results

  • Complete set of georeferenced and cataloged images

  • Project summary report


Additional Information

Inspection Services for Solar Arrays

Inspection Services Power Utility LiDAR Survey Services

Inspection Services for Storm Damage Assessment

Inspection Services for Level 2 Distribution Line Inspections

Case Study: Assessment of 663 structures and 46 miles of power lines for Wake EMC