Benefits of a UAV Inspection Program Safety: Improved safety achieved by moving people away from high energy sources Speed: Heightened productivity resulting from more rapid inspection performance utilizing automation both during flight as well as during the condition review process Data Quality and Availability: Increased data quality derived from full energy spectrum pictography, high definition photos, structured data collection, and over time trend analysis Long-Term Value: Strengthened asset risk management, investment management, and operations and maintenance management driven by more timely and complete, higher quality data acquisition and analysis UAV Inspection Solutions for Utilities Implementing a UAV Program Implementing a UAV asset inspection program should encompass the following considerations: Regulatory, legal and insurance concerns Forms design for data collection of transmission or distribution assets New business process development and implementation Post-flight data processing, analytics and subsequent remediation or monitoring activities Development of new risk and other analytical algorithms to take advantage of image data Technology systems integration Longer-term deployment of newer and upgraded platforms, automation and navigation techniques both from structure to structure and around individual structures Potential changes to design strategies for future new construction to incorporate utilization of UAV platforms Potential dedicated network and data transfer requirements Black & Veatch and its network of industry-leading partners can support a utility’s line of sight and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) needs. We will work with you to develop a solution that addresses compliance, inspection and asset management requirements. Based on your organization’s needs, the Black & Veatch Team can prepare two long-term deployment approaches for your consideration; one involving adoption of an ‘in-house’ solution and an alternative wherein our team implements an integrated outsourcing model with you benefiting from the data, analytics, and operational improvements without having to invest in developing the new technical, operational, and regulatory competencies involved in launching an in-house enterprise UAV program. We tailor solutions to client needs with flexible options such as co-op package approaches and dedicated command and control/data transfer networks. 0 Related Insights Energy Planning Offers Efficiency, Cost Savings, Resilience Down the Road Technology, Trading Offer Opportunity for Managing Nutrient Discharge The Evolution of Project Delivery: The How and Why There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States, and those ruptures waste between 14 percent and 18 percent of the nation's drinking water. Aging infrastructure is primarily to blame, as an estimated 40 percent of U.S. water and wastewater pipes are beyond their life expectancy, notes a recent article in WaterWorld. The article goes on to say that half of forecasted capital expenditures by water providers will cover new installation and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure Predictive Maintenance Offers Promise in Asset Management When it comes to understanding how water utilities approach asset maintenance, survey data shows that, on average, they tend to weight their efforts more heavily toward preventive maintenance. The Stormwater Resilience Roadmap: Integration of Delivery Frameworks and Financial Capacity A structured path to a paradigm shift in stormwater management can be developed by integrating an alternative program planning and execution framework, and by enhancing financial resilience through effective funding mechanisms. Collaborate with our UAV Inspection Solutions team. Complete a short form to request more information and a specialist will contact you.