Cyberhawk was tasked by a leading offshore wind energy company to carry out close visual inspections of its offshore wind turbines in September 2015. Cyberhawk was chosen due to our previous experience in successfully inspecting onshore turbines and our visual asset management software, iHawk.
The brief included the inspection of turbine blades, nacelle, tower and transition piece throughout the client’s farm in the Irish Sea.
Traditionally, the inspections would have been carried out using rope access technicians, however this technique increases man hours on site and involves working at height.
Cyberhawk mobilised a two man team to undertake the UAV inspections, completing the entire turbine inspection in less than half the time a rope access team would take to inspect only the blades. The use of UAVs mitigated the risks of working at height and meant reduced downtime and lost production for the client.
The use of iHawk allowed the client to access high definition images of the whole turbine and quickly see the defects identified. This in turn helped the client make quick and effective asset management decisions.