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 Engineer 2.0: An idea whose time has come The Artificial Intelligence (AI) genie is not going back into the bottle; leaving the world to contemplate how best to manage this most potent, yet controversial, tool. The water sector’s response has many parallels with reactions to AI more broadly: we are certain AI has benefits, are less sure about how to realise them, and wary of unintended consequences. When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability? Regardless of industry or product, the effective use of water carries huge weight for plant operators and other decision-makers who must pit emerging social calls for sustainability against the money on hand to make it happen. Hydropower Strategic Alliances: How Producers Can Benefit Strategic alliances with hydropower producers are a natural fit for asset management programs. They can be set up broadly to help producers maintain organizational stability, reliability, and financial performance. Asia Pacific's 'Digital Utilities' of the Future In addition to environmental and social challenges, water utilities in Asia Pacific are faced with the complexities of non-revenue water, underdeveloped or aging water infrastructure and growing expenditure. Digital transformation may offer the water industry the opportunity to provide reliable and sustainable water supply by optimizing distribution systems, treatment efficiency and asset management. Energy Planning Offers Efficiency, Cost Savings, Resilience Down the Road As energy costs continue to rise and more states adopt regulatory incentives and disincentives that drive large-scale sustainability and efficiency efforts, it is expected that utilities will become more aggressive in their approach to managing energy. Collaborate with our UAV Inspection Solutions team. Complete a short form to request more information and a specialist will contact you.