Transforming Asset Inspection Efficiency: Avian Australia's UAV Inspection Solution


In this case study, we will explore how Avian Australia, a leading surveying, imaging and reality-capture company, partnered with engineering firms to revolutionize asset condition inspection and reporting. By leveraging specialised drone technology. Avian Australia tackled the challenges of inspecting numerous assets across various locations with hard-to-reach areas, making the process more efficient, cost-effective, and safe.

Client Background

Our client, an engineering firm responsible for maintaining and ensuring the performance of assets on a bustling 24/7 site, faced a significant challenge. Traditional asset inspections, which required custom-built gantries and took assets out of service for days, were causing operational disruptions and delays. There was a growing need to identify and address issues to minimise asset downtime to support uninterrupted operations.

Problem Statement

The problem at hand was clear: the existing asset inspection process was time-consuming, costly, and disruptive to operations. The client needed a solution that would reduce asset downtime, allow for more regular inspections, and enable earlier issue identification to prevent prolonged repairs and maintenance.

Avian Australia’s Solution

Avian Australia proposed a tailored inspection process using enterprise grade Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with range sensors and high-magnification zoom lenses. This innovative approach allowed for efficient and detailed inspections of assets, capturing close-up details from all angles without the need for extensive downtime or custom gantries.


The project unfolded as follows:

– Assets were parked in a designated area for up to an hour, streamlining the inspection process.

– Avian Australia collaborated closely with the engineering team to develop a standardised inspection checklist and classification system for defects.

– Various ground and aerial cameras were deployed to capture images and create a digital twin of the assets, supporting engineering design packages.

This methodology enabled Avian Australia to conduct periodic asset inspections more quickly and efficiently, facilitating earlier issue detection.


The results were transformational:

✓ Asset downtime was significantly reduced, thanks to the more efficient inspection process.

✓ Engineering teams could identify issues sooner, preventing assets from going offline for extended repairs.

✓ Operators remained in the cabin during inspections, immediately returning to work after completion.

✓ Digital records provided a comprehensive defect history and trend analysis, enabling better asset management and scheduling of replacement parts and materials.

Choosing the right Inspection Service

At Avian Australia, we offer a range of asset and building inspection services tailored to meet the specific needs of engineers, inspectors and operations professionals. When choosing the right package, consider the scope of your project, the level of detail required, and your budget. Contact us today to discuss your project and receive a customised quote. 

Avian Australia Commitment

Avian Australia’s collaboration with the engineering firm exemplifies the power of innovation in addressing complex challenges in asset inspection and reporting. By embracing cutting-edge technology and customization, Avian Australia has not only improved the efficiency of inspections but also enhanced asset management and decision-making capabilities. This case study demonstrates how forward-thinking solutions can drive operational excellence and cost savings in the engineering sector.