Asset inspection of large spaces, interiors and exteriors, are possible with tools such as a 360 camera.

360º Camera Solutions for Asset Inspection with Mosaic 51

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The Future of Asset Inspection Solutions will have a 360º view with the Mosaic 51

Large scale asset inspections are being carried out with ineffective and inefficient legacy methods and tools. So the team at Mosaic devised a camera that will allow for easy and efficient asset inspections to better understand the conditions of the assets and plan for a better tomorrow.

Professionals spend 5-15% of their time reading information but up to 50% looking for it

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Spend less time looking for the information and devote more time and money reviewing, understanding and taking actionable steps.

Asset Inspection – the unsexy part of asset management

Whether we’re talking a commercial real estate firm, an industrial park, or a utility company, asset inspections play an enormous role in determining where and how to spend money in maintaining, upgrading and prolonging the lifetime of an asset. Preventative measures have always been the ugly stepsister to design and construction but if done correctly, they are much more cost-effective and reliable. ‘IF’ being the optimal word there.

Typical asset inspection methods require an incredible amount of time and money for any organization. Skilled inspectors, logistics, tools, transportation, and the planning to carry out these inspections can add a lot to a company’s budget.

“The cost of a single under bridge inspection vehicle (UBIV), required for traditional inspections, runs between $500,000 to $1 million, with per day operations ranging from $2,000 to $3,500. Lane or shoulder closures to accommodate this equipment adds between $500 and $2,500 per day to the cost.” Power Engineering

Weather and terrain conditions can make it difficult to plan asset inspections during certain times of the year and in certain geographical locations.

On top of that, many inspectors work with legacy methods such as paper and pen meaning their notes and measurements are inefficiently taken and translated into digital data for others to view and comprehend.

Nonetheless, the data collected is vital in order that the analysts and decision makers have the proper information to create an asset condition assessment (ACA), a report which helps an organization manage capital assets and improve asset management operations.

Based on the ACA, the organization can draw conclusions. These conclusions will go on to influence the time and care that will be invested further into the asset, deciding whether to prolong its life or take steps to retire and replace the asset.

Current Asset Inspection Tools and Solutions

At present time, many companies find themselves following time-honored methods of collecting data for asset inspection. This means boots on the ground, which is both costly and time consuming.

Inspectors may utilize a broad range of tools such as paper maps which they mark up with pen before transferring the data gathered to a digital system once back in the office. That is IF they even transfer the data. One study found that 70% of business today would fail if they lost paperwork due to a disaster such as a flood or fire. And finding a paper document takes on average 18 minutes.

Others have transitioned to newer technologies such as devices with GPS, receivers, digital maps, and point solution applications.

There has even been some use of drones for harder to reach assets and facilities. But as mentioned earlier, these asset inspection solutions come with a whole host of problems.

asset inspection and asset management solutions with a 360 degree camera from Mosaic 51
  • High personnel costs due to long travel and transport times
  • Unsafe conditions for workers
  • Data not aggregated in one place
  • Inaccurate, inconsistent data
  • Data based on subjective criteria
  • Manually kept inspection documents, hand marked maps

All of this can result in

  • Inaccurate conclusions
  • Suboptimal decisions
  • Business disruption
  • Health and safety incidents
  • Regulatory violations
  • Wasted time and money

Mosaic 51 Asset Inspection Solution

The Mosaic 51 is a cutting edge 360-degree camera, built for mobile mapping and surveying. It comes equipped with all of the features to make asset inspection easier and more economical as well as help asset management solutions and systems collect data which can be used to prolong the lifespan of assets and reduce costs in maintenance.

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See the high definition of image data captured with the Mosaic 51, 360-degree mobile mapping camera.

Why the Mosaic 51?

  • 12K HD resolution – highest in the market
  • Cost efficient – requires one personnel to operate
  • Easy to use – mount and drive
  • Available for use on any car
  • All necessary data collection features in one device
  • Robust construction and durability
  • Industrial-grade water resistant connectors, IP67, fully sealed, passively cooled
  • Safely and accurate inspection from a safe distance and at ground level
  • Prevent data entry errors
  • Objective, standardized criteria
  • Consistent input
  • The 4Ds of robotization: dull, dirty, dangerous and dear

Hands-down the top feature of the Mosaic 51 camera are the six 12-megapixel noise free image sensors that are vital in collecting the detailed images by which inspectors can make their calculations. The six sensors are mounted on the camera with 5 sensors that circle the frame pointing out laterally, and one image sensor that points directly upwards. This guarantees that every detail will be captured in unprecedented detail.

The sharpest, crispest image available also lends itself to an incredibly accurate and functional 3D model of the asset in question. The Mosaic 51 has 3D scanning capabilities and is able to create true-to-life 3D models of objects and spaces.

The camera also comes equipped with ultra-precise GPS, connecting up to 4 GNSS networks for centimeter precision. It is able to maintain signal several meters below ground and even indoors – perfect for inspection of large indoor facilities such as warehouses, industrial plants, and factories.

The Mosaic 51 comes built with enough internal removable storage to collect high quality images all day, with no need to stop, take breaks, or change out the hot-swappable SSD card.

The camera is more than just a camera. It is a high-powered computer as well, meaning that there is no need for further equipment to accompany it inside the moving vehicle.

The mobility and speed at which the Mosaic 51 can capture data allows asset and property inspectors and managers to collect more data, more frequently. This means the material they are evaluating is guaranteed to be in real-time and not weeks or months out of date.

In addition, the operation of the Mosaic 51 only requires a licensed driver. While drones have proven their worth, they require an expert pilot and an observer.

And as mentioned above, the Mosaic 51 covers the 4Ds of robotization: dull, dirty, dangerous and dear. Due to the ease of assembly and use, it requires only a standard driver of the vehicle (no prerequisites necessary). The job can be done in extreme temperatures such as heat and cold, and with its IP67 rating (able to withstand dust and water) and industrial-grade waterproof connector, it was meant to get dirty.

Steps

Step 1. Design: Asset owner and inspector design the route to be taken

Step 2. Collect: The Mosaic 51 is mounted on the vehicle of choice and follows the route. The driver does not need any particular skill set.

Step 3. Analyze: The data collected is analyzed and used to make conclusions on the asset’s conditions.

Step 4. Action: The decision makers go to work.

The steps involved in asset inspection: design, collect, analyze and action. Mosaic 51, the most robust and highest HD quality 360-camera, is here for the job.

Step 0.5 Reach out: Contact Mosaic to request even more details about the Mosaic 51 and how it can solve asset inspection’s biggest problems.

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