Cyberhawk was tasked by Siemens, a leading offshore wind energy company, to carry out close visual inspections of three converter stations of transmission system operator TenneT, at the European Economic Zone in December 2016. Cyberhawk was chosen due to our previous experience in successfully inspecting offshore turbines and met masts as well as our visual asset management software, iHawk.
Cyberhawk mobilised a two-man team to undertake the UAV inspections, completing the entire project in seven days which is less than half the time traditional methods would take. The alternatives, which include using rope access or elevated platforms, would not only have increased man hours on site, but also involved working at height which would expose people to more danger. The harsh winter conditions also presented challenges for the pilot and is the reason we mobilise only our most highly trained personnel offshore.
The use of our asset management software, iHawk, allowed Siemens to access high definition images of the whole structure and quickly see the defects identified. This in turn helped quick and effective asset management decisions to be made.
Thanks to Cyberhawk’s inspection team working closely and effectively with a third-party maintenance team, in a single mobilisation, the project proved to be extremely time and cost efficient for Siemens.