Typically, utilities send field crews to visually inspect equipment for damage, which can require significant personnel hours, increasing costs, the chance of worker injuries and the possibility of damaging the surrounding environment when driving or hiking through sensitive habitats. Utilities, including SDG&E, also have used helicopters, which also comes at a cost. Therefore, SDG&E sought approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for multiple use cases, including assessments. It was one of the first utilities to receive approval in 2014.
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