Rise of the machines

A new joint venture between global asset management consultancy, Amey, and world leading drone technology experts, VTOL Technologies, will use precision, long-range drones to transform asset management inspections.

The use of drone technology promises to make it safer, quicker and easier to assess vital infrastructure such as bridges and railways, not to mention much more resource efficient, with the added ability of enabling contractors to focus on preventative maintenance.

Richard Butterfield, AmeyVTOL’s Service Development Director said: “Doing more with less is a challenge most businesses will understand. As asset managers, we’re often asked to deliver cost efficiencies for our clients while increasing inspections to meet the growing demands on the UK’s networks.

Using this cutting-edge technology to inspect the vital infrastructure that we all rely on is a world first. It will change the way we inspect assets forever; allowing us to assess at the touch of a button, make real-time recommendations and potentially save millions of pounds for our clients.”

AmeyVTOL’s unique patented unmanned autonomous drone, known as The Flying Wing, is at the forefront of long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) autonomous drone technology worldwide and offers a number of benefits that traditional drones fall short of.

The Flying Wing will carry Ground Penetrating Radar, High Definition video and still, Infrared, thermal and Light Detection and Ranging sensors, amongst others. It can take off and land anywhere, travel far, at speeds of up to 60kph and change direction to precisely map the same route over and over, regardless of weather conditions. It also has the added benefit of capturing data in real time and streaming it live to a data processing engine.

Mark Shaw, Director for AmeyVTOL said: “Our unique and patented Flying Wing outperforms existing drones and represents the future of aerial inspections. We’re really excited to be introducing this market-leading technology which will revolutionise the asset management industry to deliver repeatable, consistent and accurate inspections as early as 2018.”

AmeyVTOL will officially launched their partnership at this year’s Farnborough Airshow and will be hosting live demonstrations of The Flying Wing for the first time.

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