Consulting engineers have invested in aerial technology to help it provide inspection and surveys at challenging locations.
MACAW Engineering, a consultant to global oil and gas production plants, pipelines, and other energy facilities, has bought a fleet of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS).
The SUAS can be fitted with a wide range of photographic and video equipment, to give close visual access to sites.
Based at Quorum Business Park, MACAW is a member of business development group NOF Energy and works with global operators in more than 40 countries and employs 85 people.
Paul Casson, MACAW principal engineer, said: “We are committed to embracing the latest technological developments to enhance our services.
“The investment in SUAS will enable us to inspect challenging or previously inaccessible locations, such as bridge crossings and wind farms, in an efficient and safe manner.
“Our reputation has been built on training staff to the highest standards.
“This philosophy continues with the addition of SUAS to our business portfolio with operators being tutored to very high standards and the strict adherence to Civil Aviation Authority regulations.”
Joanne Leng MBE, deputy chief executive at NOF Energy, said: “This latest investment by MACAW Engineering is an excellent example of how a technology-focused energy supply chain is helping the UK make its mark in worldwide markets.
“MACAW is already highly respected for its expertise within the energy sectors and the addition of SUAS to its service provision will further strengthen its global position.”
MACAW’s engineering experts draw on more than 25 years’ industry experience in materials, corrosion, welding and asset integrity, providing services to clients across the energy sector.