Utilities – Page 5

Oregon Test Site Offers De-Energized Power Lines for Drone Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 20, 2016

Portland, Ore.-based Aerial Inspection Resources (AIR) recently conducted a series of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flights at Oregon’s Warm Springs UAS Test Range to evaluate the suitability of the Warm Springs Simnasho De-Energized High-Voltage Line site for further research and [Read More]

Cyberhawk Scores Contract for Wind Turbine Inspections Across U.K.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 16, 2016

Cyberhawk Innovations, a provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based inspection services, has secured work with U.K. energy company SSE PLC wherein Cyberhawk will carry out close visual inspections of more than 600 wind turbine blades. The campaign, which began last [Read More]

No Human Entry Needed in Sky-Futures’ Latest UAV Tank Inspection

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 10, 2016

Along with its technology partner Flyability, Sky-Futures has completed a trial inspection of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) cargo tank via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Flyability drone was able to fly down into BW Offshore’s Athena FPSO [Read More]

DNV GL Brings Drone Inside Chemical Tanker

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 07, 2016

Classification society DNV GL says it has completed drone-based production surveys, which took place on the MV Apollo, a chemical tanker owned by Carl Büttner Shipmanagement GmbH in Bremerhaven, Germany. Two DNV GL surveyors used the drone to inspect 14 [Read More]

UAS Safety Resource Created for Wireless Infrastructure Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 02, 2016

The nonprofit National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has created a resource on guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) usage for the wireless infrastructure industry. The document, entitled “Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure,” is a byproduct of [Read More]

Inspection Provider Cyberhawk Partners with Norwegian UAV Operator

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 31, 2016

Cyberhawk Innovations, a Scotland-based provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections, has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian UAV operator Nordic Unmanned. Cyberhawk, which recently entered the U.S. market, says this latest deal will help bolster its international presence. According [Read More]

Silent Falcon Solar-Electric UAS Carries Out Oil & Gas Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 27, 2016

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies says its solar-electric Silent Falcon unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently performed inspection and monitoring in northwestern New Mexico for an international oil and gas company. The demonstration flights were conducted over two days under [Read More]

Companies Combine Forces for Drone-Based Wind Turbine Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 25, 2016

Austin, Texas-based HUVRdata and Grand Forks, N.D.-based EdgeData are collaborating on drone-based aerial inspection services for the wind power industry. The partnership will leverage HUVRdata’s data-capture capabilities and cloud-based services and EdgeData’s BladeEdge analytics software for automated blade-condition assessment. The [Read More]

California Utility Sees Drones Playing Key Role in Future Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 18, 2016

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to enhance the safety and reliability of its electric and gas service. The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized PG&E to use drones to assist with inspections [Read More]

AeroLift eXpress Offers UAS Transport Service for Offshore Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 17, 2016

Valmie Resources Inc. (VMRI) says its joint venture partner, Houston-based AeroLift eXpress, is in talks with a major Latin American energy company’s prime contractor regarding daily, unmanned transport of supplies for offshore applications. AeroLift eXpress is an unmanned aircraft system [Read More]