UAVs to inspect over 50k utility structures amid California wildfire season


A major utility in the US state of California has selected Cyberhawk for the provision of UAV services as part of efforts to monitor energy transmission infrastructure amid the wildfire season.

The contract, which was secured earlier this year through a competitive tender process, will see Cyberhawk support the utility’s critical wildfire prevention and reliability campaign. The scope of work includes thousands of UAV inspections of lattice steel towers and wood electricity transmission structures that are part of the state’s critical electric networks.

Cyberhawk will draw on its experience of providing utility operators with the next level of quality in inspection data collection and management, bringing a step change in defect identification, maintenance planning, and the tracking of remedial actions, helping utilities to maintain safe and resilient power grid networks.

The solution provider will deploy highly-skilled, retained UAV pilots who have individually acquired over four years’ experience safely flying drones in complex and challenging environments across the globe. 

Chris Fleming, the CEO of Cyberhawk, said: “Protecting customers and property during wildfire season is a top priority for US utilities. To prevent deadly fires, and prevent power outages, mitigation is key. We’re seeing more and more utilities turn to trusted UAV-based inspection services to bolster their wildfire prevention and reliability programmes. 

“Securing this contract reinforces the high level of trust we have fostered within the utilities sector and highlights the strong performance of our people and technology. We have proven that we can successfully deliver UAV services to the very highest standards time and time again in challenging conditions, and across a number of safety-critical project scopes.”

Cyberhawk has achieved 37 world firsts, inspected more than 15,000 structures and safely executed over 45,000 UAV flights.