Drone inspections company Cyberhawk has been awarded a three-year contract by an undisclosed oil and gas supermajor to provide a digital asset management solution during the construction of its new world-scale petrochemical complex in the U.S.
The main construction phase of the project is already underway, which involves the construction of processing units, cooling towers, rail and truck loading facilities, water treatment plant, office buildings and laboratory at the new petrochemical site.
As part of the construction, the operator sought a comprehensive, detailed software solution that would allow a digitized view of drone-captured data such as orthophotos, spherical images, 3D point cloud models and video collected on-site on a weekly basis.
Following a rigorous tender process, Cyberhawk says it was chosen to provide drone content management and distribution services through its visual asset management software, iHawk. The cloud-based software has been developed to host inspection and survey data from various sources and has industry-specific solutions for the wind, utility, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.
For this project, iHawk Construction is providing all stakeholders with an up-to-date, at-a-glance visual overview of the project at any given time and from anywhere in the world, notes the company, adding that its software can also be customized to meet the client’s detailed requirements.
The iHawk solution has been specifically developed to grow as the project progresses, creating a central repository of project information that can be referenced throughout construction, as well as once the plant is live.
“Despite having worked with this oil and gas supermajor for the last eight years, in more than eight countries, this is the first time iHawk has been adopted at such large scale,” says Chris Fleming, CEO of Cyberhawk. “The client was impressed by the functionality offered by iHawk and Cyberhawk’s ability to build on this platform to create a fully customized, bespoke solution for its needs.”
Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, and with bases in Houston, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Cyberhawk claims to have carried out the very first drone industrial inspection in 2009.