Posted on 24th June 2016

Costain To Use More Drones To Make Sites Safer

Costain To Use More Drones To Make Sites Safer

Costain is boosting its use of unmanned aerial vehicles to make sites safer and more efficient.

Drones have been used on several contracts and Costain is now looking to appoint a framework of specialist operators to boost their use.

Typical work for a drone includes inspection of existing structures – particularly in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations and surveying large areas.

Peter Slater, Aerial Solutions Manager at Costain said: ‘One of the main drivers of the work comes down to taking people out of hazardous environments.

‘In addition, improvements in speed, efficiency and payload make this a technology with high potential.’

Costain is looking to bring in drone experts rather than train its staff to fly them.

Slater said: ‘We have working relationships with a number of suppliers and will create a framework agreement with sector-specific suppliers that can cover a range of requirements.

‘The technologies involved can become obsolete quite quickly. On top of that, the regulatory environment governing their operation will continue to undergo some notable changes.’