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Cyberhawk surveys UK rail infrastructure
Cyberhawk Innovations has carried out internal and external structural inspections on the UK rail network in a company first, it announced on 19 January.
The inspection was carried out at Rugby rail station in Warwickshire, England, over the course of two days. Cyberhawk used a combination of its specially adapted UAS to capture close visual images of the inside and outside of the station’s roof and supporting structure, and produced a detailed inspection report.
Traditional internal and external structural inspections require ground camera and scaffolding, and can pose significant risks to personnel working at height. Inspecting the station with Cyberhawk’s UAS allowed for a quick and safe audit of the station's roof, mitigated the risk to personnel, and permitted railway lines to stay open to the public throughout operations.
The inspection was carried out with Network Rail Air Operation under a framework agreement with Network Rail awarded in 2014.
Philip Buchan, commercial director at Cyberhawk, said: ‘Over the past two years we have grown our portfolio in the rail sector, due to the vast benefits on offer through the use of our UAV technology. We have carried out multiple inspection and survey projects across the UK, and this project is testament to our ability to deliver more complex and challenging infrastructure inspection projects.’
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