Ameren, Black & Veatch, Collins Aerospace team passes key milestone for maturing UAS inspection technology
NEWTON, Ill., December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ – With thousands of miles of high-voltage lines, Ameren Corp. wanted a better and safer way to monitor its assets spread over rural territories beyond manual or helicopter inspections. The St. Louis-based energy company worked with Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace to identify a solution: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights. The team now has proven they can inspect more miles of transmission lines faster and safer than ever envisioned.
Study to Help Determine Potential For Broader Commercial Uses For Unmanned Aircraft
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. , July 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – As unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – become more vital for commercial use, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is weighing whether to free up more national airspace for them by relaxing restraints on their operation. Such airspace rules changes could allow beyond-line-of-sight use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and Black & Veatch is part of the team helping test the safety of that.
Exciting possibilities are opening up for the use of drones in EHS, such as surveying contaminated sites, aerially documenting changes over a vast landscape, absorbing EHS risks where needed, and more.
Antea Group’s new blog provides a snapshot of these developments as well as drone history, safety, and the regulations that govern their commercial use.
Okay, I admit, the headline is a bad pun. But, what isn’t bad is the speed at which drone technology is being used to save lives before, during and after a devastating event. On April 11, I was invited to attend a Discovery Event at Singularity University at Moffett Field on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Humanitarian Response. I was invited because I work in the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibilitygroup and we supported the event.