POWER LIST 2019, INDUSTRY LEADERS: Craig Matthews, Principal UAS Manager, Balfour Beatty


As part of the development of the smart motorway on the M6, Balfour Beatty deployed UAS to aid its work.

The team, headed up by manager Craig Matthews, used drones in a bid to increase efficiency, gather data faster, improve asset productivity and gain high-accuracy results.

Specifically, drones were used for quicker stockpile measurements, informative aerial progress reports as well as accessing hard-to-reach areas.

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Leading the UAS side of the project, Craig sees real value in getting drones involved with Balfour Beatty construction operations.

He commented: “Drones are a great tool to deliver the results safely, quickly and accurately. They remove people from harm’s way, which is a big plus for us, and they give the project team and clients a unique view on the progress of a project that you couldn’t get from the ground.”

Balfour Beatty has been using drones since 2015 and has 11 pilots, an operation Craig and the wider company wants to build on.

He added: “Thanks to drones, the team can fly over the site and digitise the area in a fraction of the time that it would take to use traditional, onsite methods. This leads to faster data collection and increased efficiency.”

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