Drones set to conquer UK’s energy market as ‘landmark’ project takes off

Drones are poised to reinvent the manner in which members of the energy sector conduct inspections as a new UAV scheme takes to the skies. The large-scale project, Pathfinder, is working across electricity and gas networks and is coordinated by international innovation scout, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC). The three-year programme is being led by Wales & West Utilities in collaboration with Cadent, National Grid Gas Transmission, Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks and UK Power Networks. The designated government Pathfinder project, which is the first-of-its-kind in the UK, will work with the CAA to explore
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Property firm with in-house UAV service secures merger to create £5bn project empire

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Independent building and project consultancy Paragon, which launched what is believed to be the UK property industry’s first in-house drone service earlier this year, has secured a business partnership with Bond Davidson. Paragon and Bond Davidson have merged to create a £22m turnover building and project consultancy employing almost 200 people with offices in London, Esher, Manchester and Edinburgh, advising on projects valued at £5 billion. Paragon’s, John Munday said: “Paragon and Bond Davidson complement each other perfectly in terms of our respective specialisms. “We had a larger building surveying and due diligence offering whilst they had a larger project
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Airobotics heads to the coast with strategic partnership deal

A multi-national drone start-up has inked a partnership deal in a move designed to develop coastline areas, and increase maritime traffic and international commerce. Airobotics has partnered with Shapir-Ashtrom, an Israel-based construction and property specialist, to survey the construction of Haifa’s new seaport, Gulf Port, to develop Israel’s coastline areas, and increase maritime traffic and international commerce. Airobotics is implementing the first technology of its kind for industrial spaces, and is working closely with Israel’s top construction and civil engineering companies, Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering and Ashtrom Properties, which created a joint venture Shapir-Ashtrom, specifically for this new Haifa
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ClearSky Consulting and Unmanned Advisory Net unite to target comprehensive consultancy

ClearSky Consulting and Unmanned Advisory Net (UANet) have announced a strategic and operational partnership to provide high-quality consulting services to the unmanned aviation industry. The UK-based organisations have previously been involved in many aspects of the unmanned industry. As practitioners of aviation safety management systems (SMS), both businesses have recently led the generation of a comprehensive BVLOS Safety Case. The Safety Case led to the issue of a CAA exemption within the UK for the operation of a 50kg fixed wing unmanned aircraft configured for intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) and wide area search operations. The exemption was issued for a
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Global UAV pens acquisition deal to take control of Aerial Imaging Resources

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Global UAV Technologies has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding share capital of Aerial Imaging Resources. Global UAV Technologies is a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle specialist that operates through its wholly owned subsidiaries Pioneer Aerial Surveys, High Eye Aerial Imaging, UAV Regulatory Services and NOVAerial Robotics, to provide a full spectrum of UAV-based services and products. Aerial is a private Canadian unmanned aerial vehicle services company that focuses on providing geophysical surveys to its local and international client base. Under the terms of the definitive agreement the purchase price for
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World’s first autonomous drone-in-a-box system deployed at power plant

The world’s first autonomous drone-in-a-box system has taken off to carry out round-the-clock operations at a power plant facility. Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas, has completed deployment of Percepto’s Sparrow drone system for use at its Torrevaldaliga Nord power plant in Italy. The multipurpose drone platform will support operation and maintenance activities at the site. The Sparrow will fly in automated mode under the supervision of an operator who can take control of the device at any moment as Italy’s regulatory framework does not currently allow fully-autonomous drone flight. The drone carries a permanent
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Next leads the way for retailers in recognising the power of the drone

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UK-based retail giant Next has become one of the latest national organisations to recognise the benefits of drone technology by adopting UAVs for facility inspections. Middlesborough-based drone specialists DJM Aerial Solutions reported that repeat client and chartered survey professionals CS2 contracted the company to carry out a commercial roof survey for Next’s UK distribution centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The two buildings had a total combined surface area of approximately 365,000sqft, rendering it an ‘arduous task’ to allow for accurate inspection of each corrugated steel panel. DJM Aerial Solutions was able to plan out an automated route to allow for
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32% spike in drone-related incidents sends alarm bells ringing

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Rogue drone pilots have incited a spike in the amount of UAV incidents being reported to the police. An independent Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that, of police authorities across the UK that responded, there was a 32% increase in the amount of drone-related complaints in 2017, compared to 2016. The FOI, submitted by Alan Mckenna, an associate law lecturer at the University of Kent, revealed that across the 37 police forces who responded, a total of 4,543 calls were logged in 2017, up from 3,449 calls logged by the same forces in 2016. McKenna noted that the
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Virgin gazes ahead to predict how drones will shape the future of the construction market

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Unmanned aerial vehicles hold the potential to shape the future of the UK’s construction market, a new report has claimed. A new report into the future of the construction industry, commissioned by Virgin StartUp and Colmore Tang Construction in support of their joint ConstrucTech initiative, has pointed toward some big changes ahead within the industry. The report, written by futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson, suggests that drones, 3D printed walls and biometric roofs made from recycled plastic taken from the ocean could change the face of the industry over the next few years. "By 2025 we will already see huge changes
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GEO Business poised to break record as doors open today

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The largest crowd to date is expected to descend on the GEO Business show today as the event opens for business. GEO Business 2018, which is runs until tomorrow, is poised to break attendance records, according to show organisers. The fifth instalment of the two-day event is expected to track its largest crowd yet, with the show reporting last week that registrations were up 27% ahead of this time last year and approximately 3,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend this free event. Companies including Survey Solutions Scotland, Atkins, Bentley, Topcon, HM Land Registry, Leica Geosystems, Viametris,
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