Oblique images provide another means to identify anomalies, and are especially helpful in identifying larger scale issues, such as those associated with inverters and combiners.
Important note: Obliques must be captured the same day as inspection level imagery.
Review these requirements before an inspection to ensure the images you capture meet Raptor Maps standards.
Note that each image should provide an overview of 2 MWdc.
The flight path specifics will vary depending on your lens length.
Here is a sample of an oblique image of 2 megawatts: the 2 megawatts should appear in the lower half of the field of view of the image.
Planning for Oblique Flights
Many pilots fly manually to collect oblique imagery.
If, however, you would like to create an automated flight plan, you will need to use a workaround. Here is how to do so with the DJI Ground Station Pro (GSP).
The workaround requires creating a custom camera setting for oblique imagery.
Important note: Use this custom camera setting for oblique imagery only. Don’t forget to switch out of this mode when undertaking other portions of the inspection!
Use these settings to create a simulated camera with a 4 mm focal:
Once you’ve created this custom camera, create a flight plan with these settings:
Additional Instructions for 13 mm Lenses
Move the polygon from your normal inspection imagery back by about 480 feet from the solar farm. This will ensure that the first pass of images captures the beginning row of the farm. When you are ready to start, use your RC controller to manually set your gimbal to 70 degrees from nadir and you should be good to go.
Additional instructions for 19 mm Lenses
Move the polygon from your normal inspection imagery back by about 762 feet from the solar farm. This will ensure that the first pass of images captures the beginning row of the farm. When you are ready to start, user your RC controller to manually set your gimbal to 74 degrees from nadir with your RC controller and you should be good to go.
Important note: Make sure to change your camera settings back to proceed with the capture of normal thermal inspection imagery.