On October 24th, 2017, Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs announced that they have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution capable of leveraging drone technology for global energy clients.
Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services allow the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is incorporated by Black & Veatch into a utility’s existing enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. This efficient solution speeds inspection times, accelerates the integration of data into EAM systems and decreases inspection costs.
Black & Veatch and Aeryon worked with utilities across North America, over the past year, in order to develop a comprehensive, efficient drone inspection solution addressing needs identified by the sector. Testing identified that utilities are mainly in need of a solution that rapidly delivers complete condition reports by collecting, processing and then analyzing high resolution photographic data that is then incorporated with the utility’s existing EAM systems.
Utility leaders want to move beyond reactive maintenance and need to acquire the condition and performance data necessary to improve overall operations and extend asset life. With our refined UAS inspection solution, clients can complete 20 or more tower inspections per person, per day - a 50 percent improvement in efficiency over current methods. Collaborating with Aeryon allows us to deliver these results consistently and at scale.
David Price, Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Black & Veatch Management Consulting
Black & Veatch and Aeryon combine all vital workflow steps from initiation to report completion, offering secure, structured data to a client’s EAM system. This allows utilities to proactively identify risks while lowering costs and enhancing safety.
For over a decade, Aeryon UAS have been inspecting critical infrastructure around the globe - even in hazardous conditions where traditional crews would be unable to work. We are thrilled to be working with Black & Veatch to bring the next generation of holistic drone-based inspection solutions to our global utility service providers and customers.
Mark Davis, Vice President of Commercial Enterprise Solutions, Aeryon Labs