The Pulse 02/08/2019 – 51 Miles of BVLOS Completed in Louisiana

August 2nd, 2019

Round up:

Drones and Wine make a comeback as a star pairing, and 51 miles of BVLOS utility inspection is carried out in the wake of Hurricane Barry damage in Louisiana.


This week in UAV Inspection:

In another unusual pairing of UAVs and wine, Chinese company Huawei has signed a deal with Canadian vineyard Willow Springs Winery to provide drone-powered precision vineyard inspection.

SEI performs a 51 mile BVLOS utility inspection. Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana on the afternoon of July 13th, 2019. Critical infrastructure that keeps the lights on near Baton Rouge needed inspection in the aftermath. Soaring Eagle Imaging, a professional aviation organization, sent a single crew that was able to capture 51 miles worth of detailed information in 6 total hours of time in the field.

With the number of reports being issued on the drone market, it would be biased to not flag the report that has been released on the anti-drone market, which is expected to increase in size alongside the increasing demand for drones.

Professional users of prosumer-grade UAVs can now hover and land their drones precisely – for drone-in-a-box, autonomous charging, indoor operations, remote inspection missions and many other commercial use-cases.


This week in Asset Integrity:

Fugro celebrates winning two contracts for unexploded ordnance surveys for offshore windfarms Neart na Gaoithe and Greater Changhua in the North Sea.

Seaplat Petroleum saw a minor slowdown in the first half of 2019 owing to the need to undertake higher levels of maintenance and asset integrity work.

Daniel Weaver, GM Ops of Interflow, writes a strong piece on the role of sustainability in asset management, arguing that one frequently overlooked element of sustainability is asset management, which seeks to balance the delivery of services or outcomes and the creation of assets with the risks and costs associated with their ongoing use.

In many countries worldwide, oil and gas companies are reaching the end of the design life of their assets, making corrosion management an important tool. Data and technology will play a critical role here.

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