Yorkshire Water cashes in on best of both worlds with in-house and external pilots

Yorkshire Water

As the amount of commercial drone applications continues to rise, more and more enterprises are turning to UAVs to resolve problems within their business.

While companies that incorporated drones into their business practices originally outsourced their needs, there is now a growing move towards bringing drone capabilities in-house.

One of the companies that is currently operating its own drone team is water supply and treatment utility company Yorkshire Water.

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UAV managers Simon Roxby and David Forbes explain, while the company has bought drone operations in-house, it still appreciates the value that can be added by commissioning external companies.

Forbes told Commercial Drone Professional: “We advocate both internal UAV management and external suppliers. For us, we could not safely employ UAV companies to work on our sites if we did not understand the risks their work posed to our customers, staff and business.

“Our internal UAV team allows us to undertake visual inspection and communication tasks, it also allows us to safely utilise the experience of our specialist framework operators to take on the more technically advanced tasks. We have chosen to work with UAV companies who are at the forefront of the technology and each of our framework operators has experience and knowledge in a different field. This allows us to offer the best service to the business while at the same time driving innovation,” he added.

Roxby added: “We have established a framework of YW-approved external UAV operators using a thorough and rigorous approval process. This not only allows our aerial operations to be undertaken more safely throughout the business, but gives us a wealth of expertise and technologies to utilise from professional providers.”

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