Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections company Cyberhawk Innovations recently completed an internal and external structural inspection for the U.K.’s rail network.
The inspection, which took place earlier this year, was completed over the course of two days at Rugby rail station in Warwickshire, England. Working with Network Rail Air Operation, Cyberhawk was appointed to complete the internal and external inspections as part of its framework agreement with Network Rail.
Cyberhawk says it used its specially adapted UAVs to capture close visual images of the inside and outside of the station’s roof and supporting structure. The company then produced a detailed inspection report.
Cyberhawk says the unmanned method mitigated the need for personnel to work at height and permitted railway lines to stay open to the public throughout operations.
“We were awarded a framework agreement with Network Rail in 2014, which was one of the many reasons we were chosen to undertake project, along with our Congested Areas Operating Safety Case permission to fly UAVs in urban areas and in close proximity to structures, vehicles and people,” explains Philip Buchan, commercial director at Cyberhawk.
Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, Cyberhawk also has bases in Houston; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company operates in the utility, oil and gas, renewables, and rail sectors.