Collaboration with UK firm brings drone utility infrastructure inspection to the USA: Colorado based Unmanned Experts (UMEX), a leading consultancy and training company in the United States Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market has joined forces with the UK head-quartered Cyberhawk Innovations, the world’s leader in UAS aerial surveys, to deliver market-leading critical infrastructure inspections (CII) throughout the USA.
The partnership comes as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption process has matured and real world commercial drone operations in the USA are now legal.
In particular, this opens up CII for utility and power companies which require regular, comprehensive surveys of their electricity transmission and distribution towers, sub-stations, coal and gas fired power plants and renewable assets such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Civil & commercial use of UAS to match the European model
To date, European regulators have led the way in the civil and commercial use of UAS and a considerable body of knowledge and experience has been built up across the Atlantic. As the industry leader in this field, Scotland-headquartered Cyberhawk has teamed with UMEX to bring its safe, proven UAS operating process and powerful iHawk asset management software to the USA.
Keven Gambold, CEO at UMEX said: “UMEX and Cyberhawk have a close relationship and we are pleased to have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding which will bring a step-change in capability to the American CII market. As the adoption of drones becomes more commonplace, this partnership provides experienced operators with a tremendous safety record and cutting-edge data management tools to this vital area.”
Unmanned Experts has joined forces with Cyberhawk Innovations to deliver market-leading critical infrastructure inspections throughout the USA.
As part of the MoU, training, equipment and procedures have been exchanged to begin CII operations in the coming weeks. UMEX has already been selected as a utility vendor for one major utility company as well as for a number of demonstration flights and pilot programs this autumn.
Cyberhawk is a pioneer in the conversion of drone-captured data into powerful asset management information in the cloud and will work with UMEX to deliver its iHawk software suite. UMEX clients will benefit from intuitive, map-based, visual and consistent inspection reporting that only requires a browser to access and features photographic evidence behind each defect classification.
Craig Roberts, CEO at Cyberhawk said: “It is positive to see that the US is moving in the same direction as the UK and Europe, where UAS inspection has become best practice in many industries over the last few years. I consider the MoU with UMEX to be a significant step towards making this happen.”
About Unmanned Experts (UMEX): Based in Colorado, Unmanned Experts (www.unmannedexperts.com) is a nationally recognized leader in UAS training, consulting and managed services, focused primarily on industrial and defense-related applications. With a combined total of more than 25,000 hours on unmanned platforms and 35,000 hours on manned aircraft, its team of professional pilots, operators and systems experts have worked on projects for the United States military, the National Institute of Justice and the Unmanned Aviation Public Safety Association, as well as private clients worldwide. UMEX currently has been approved for four separate Section 333 Exemptions covering eight aircraft types, all of which are operational in the fleet. Learn more: www.unmannedexperts.com
About Cyberhawk: Cyberhawk Innovations, headquartered in Scotland, was established in 2008 and is the world leader in aerial inspection using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAVs), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drones, and in the conversion of ROAV data into powerful management information in the cloud. As industry pioneer, it has 25 world firsts to its name. Cyberhawk conduct close visual and thermal inspections of industrial assets both on- and off-shore such as flares, wind turbines and electricity pylons. Results are delivered through its innovative software as a service platform iHawk, seamlessly linking GIS and inspection design principles to deliver an intuitive and compelling user experience. Serving the oil & gas, utility, renewables and rail industries, Cyberhawk has successfully delivered its innovative services in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Cyberhawk has inspected thousands of overhead lines and completed projects for major utilities companies including SSE, EDF, EDP, Eon, RWE, ESB, Scottish Power and Centrica in the UK & Europe. Learn more: www.thecyberhawk.com
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