Against the backdrop of an increased focus on health and safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level.
Drawing on Bureau Veritas’ vast repertoire as a world-leading inspection company and Sky-Futures’ cutting-edge, drone-based approach to industrial inspection, the new partnership offers customers with a blended inspection capability combining drones, experienced inspectors and Sky-Futures Expanse data platform and data analytics tools.
This new approach, which is now available in the UK and Europe, can drastically aid quality control, reducing the time taken on inspections by allowing hard to access areas to be inspected safely, quickly and cost effectively. The end product is a total inspection solution that delivers a complete overview of a building’s infrastructure whilst meeting all relevant regulatory requirements.
Already proving a resounding success, the partnership recently came as a big benefit to a multinational customer operating a large manufacturing site in the UK whereby the key areas for inspection included the manufacturing line and the roof. While traditionally this would have involved the slow and costly process of setting up scaffolding, using drones meant the roof could be examined quickly and hassle-free whilst the inspections were taking place inside.
The result was that an inspection that would have typically taken many days and required production to shut down took less than one day of work and was completed in normal running conditions – meaning significantly reduced time and cost for the happy customer.
Chris Blackford, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sky-Futures, comments: “The adoption of drone technology and data analysis software by companies like Bureau Veritas is driving a safer, more efficient and more valuable inspection capability. Combining hand-held and drone based data collection presented through a 3D world, the partnership provides a true one-stop shop for businesses seeking to enter into this new age of inspection.”
Kyle Veitch, Technical, Quality & Risk Director for North West Europe at Bureau Veritas, adds: “This really is a game-changer for the inspection industry. Inherently, industrial and commercial production and manufacturing sites are vast and demanding environments, which can make the inspection task a complex and expensive one – that is until now.
“Drawing on both of our company’s core strengths, ours as a global leader in safety, and Sky-Futures’ as an innovator in drone technology-based inspection, we are able to offer customers with the most robust, efficient and cost-effective approach to inspection on the market. The response to the partnership has already been fantastic and we look forward to working with many more customers in this new approach in the months to come.”
About Bureau Veritas
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organizations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide. The UK business is headquartered in Birmingham, has 1200 employees and is based in office locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. In 2013, the group posted revenues of €3.9 billion; the company has 64,000 employees worldwide, with 1,330 offices and laboratories, in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (stock symbol: BVI).
Sky-Futures improves safety and reduces risk across industries through technological innovation. Since 2009, the company has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to global industrial markets. Sky-Futures has leveraged this industry-leading operational expertise and experience to develop ground-breaking software, training and services that allow Enterprise clients to effectively harness the power of drone-driven data collection and analysis. Sky-Futures enables Enterprise to perform safe and cost effective drone inspections of a variety of vertical infrastructures, including but not limited to the following industries: Engineering; Utilities; Telecoms; Oil and Gas; Renewables; and Bridges.