Virginia Beach, Va.-based HAZON Solutions, a provider of drone inspection services, recently surpassed a milestone of having inspected more than 100,000 linear feet of railway bridges.
In just 18 months, HAZON says it has conducted over 64 complete bridge inspections across the eastern U.S. This includes complete coverage of the entire bridge using HD still frame, video and thermal imaging cameras. HAZON’s inspection teams fly within 15 feet of the rail bridges and use proprietary techniques to fly under and inside bridge spans.
Since early 2016, Norfolk Southern Corp, a transportation company based in Norfolk, Va., has commissioned HAZON to conduct inspections.
“This milestone is great for HAZON but also great for the entire drone industry,” says HAZON’s CEO and co-founder, David A. Culler Jr. CAPT USN (Ret.). “Norfolk Southern has proven that UAS technology is a safe and effective tool for critical infrastructure inspections. The experience and expertise that HAZON has gained on the UAS inspection front have been invaluable; it has allowed us to move beyond proof-of-concept and into the transition period of integrating drones into the daily workflow. It’s a very exciting time for the entire drone ecosystem and the customers we serve.”