Global UAV Technologies Ltd. announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Pioneer Aerial Surveys, has successfully completed a survey to identify buried infrastructure and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Pioneer completed the contract for DUDEK, a nation-wide environmental and engineering consulting firm based in San Diego, California, for the state’s largest utility, Hawaiian Electric Company. The survey was conducted on a 102-acre site at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s West Loch Annex where construction on a 20-megawatt (MW) solar energy facility is expected to start in January 2018.
Previously this phase of the environmental study would involve the clearing of vegetation and rocks, then surveyors would wheel a 180-lb. electromagnetic metal detector across the area to identify abandoned waste – such as steel drums or unexploded ordnance – below the soil surface. This could take up to 3-4 weeks to complete with three, two-man crews on the job, working 8-10 hours a day. Pioneer Aerial completed the survey in only 3 days.
“We were able to demonstrate the first ever use in Hawaiʻi of an advanced UAV technology for this type of geophysical survey. It was accomplished efficiently and safely using the right approach, people, technology and equipment. Ultimately, every dollar saved is a benefit for our customers,” said John Luʻuwai, project developer, Hawaiian Electric.
“This contract highlights the utility of Pioneer Aerial’s technology and its continued adoption by diverse industry applications such as UXO detection, mineral exploration, and infrastructure detection surveys. The demand for new, safe, efficient and effective UXO detection is growing worldwide and our UAV-MAG™ based technology is very well suited for this application”, stated Michael Burns, President of Pioneer Aerial.
About Global UAV Technologies Ltd.:
With its growing technical expertise and expanding reach globally, Global UAV Technologies is the leader within the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries – Pioneer Aerial Surveys, High Eye Aerial Imaging, UAV Regulatory Services, and NOVAerial Robotics – Global UAV Technologies provides a full spectrum of UAV-based services and products.
Global UAV Technologies will continue its growth through expanding the business of its current subsidiaries and the continued evaluation of potential acquisitions with the goal of creating a consortium of businesses that, when fully integrated, will cover all aspects of the UAV industry.
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