Cyberhawk Innovations, provider of Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV) inspection and surveys, has completed an operations and maintenance inspection project on Forewind’s Dogger Bank meteorological masts using ROAVs. Dogger Bank is a particularly challenging offshore wind site, situated 150 km from the UK coast.
The inspections took just one day per met mast, which represents a dramatic time saving in comparison with traditional methods that could take at least double the time.
A team of three from Cyberhawk, including offshore ROAV pilots and a mechanical engineer, undertook the drone inspections of the two meteorological masts. The use of ROAV improved safety levels by reducing the requirement for personnel to climb the towers and work at height.
“We were delighted with this contract award as it demonstrated Forewind’s confidence in our capabilities and experience, having successfully completed previous projects with the consortium,” said Philip Buchan, commercial director at Cyberhawk.
“The huge safety benefits on offer come hand-in-hand with reduced costs and quicker inspection time, all of which are being increasingly recognized by wind farm operators onshore and offshore,” he added.
Cyberhawk carried out the very first ROAV industrial inspection in 2009 and since then, has completed more than 25 world firsts, with blue-chip customers in more than 20 countries on four continents.
Cyberhawk’s Cloud-based asset management software, iHawk, is helping change the use of ROAV captured data.
“Cyberhawk continues to demonstrate how ROAV can be safely and effectively used to carry out inspection work in the offshore wind sector,” added Nachaat Tahmaz of Forewind. “We were extremely pleased with the inspection completed and in the quality of the detailed report provided.”
Filed Under: News, Offshore wind