Monitoring utility assets can be costly and dangerous. Traditionally, helicopters are used to inspect both towers and power lines, risking the helicopter’s rotor blade striking a wire and causing catastrophic damage and often fatalities.
Credentialed pilots, with experience flying utilities infrastructure, deploy thermal, LiDAR, and multispectral sensors to collect data over the assets.
Process and Analyze
Overseen by our data scientists, the sensor data is processed by proprietary algorithms that interpret the data.
Deliver and Action
Reports identify potential issues and where they are on your property. When data is collected over time, the resulting operational insights can enable long-term asset management.
Download our solution brief to learn how you can deploy drone-based solutions to safely and efficiently manage the electrical distribution pole lifecycle. You’ll learn:
Learn how you can deploy drone-based solutions to effectively manage the transmission tower lifecycle in our free solution brief. We’ve seen results through our work with some of the biggest utilities companies:
Don’t just collect data—get insights. Use our intuitive reporting system to resolve issues or integrate data into asset management systems.
Add drones to a range of utility operations, including:
Comprehensive visual inspection (CVI)
Nuts & Bolt integrity
Routine and fault inspections
Damaged cross arms
Efficiently manage a drone fleet. PrecisionHawk’s Drone Management System (DMS) enables program supervisors and operators to:
Input flight logs
Track aircraft utilization and maintenance
View hardware and pilot deployments
Record pilot qualifications
Report incidents and aggregate lessons learned
Using DMS, drone program managers maximize their fleet’s utilization, ensure regulatory compliance, and better protect the safety of their workers.
According to a CBS Denver report, Xcel Energy in Colorado estimates flying drones BVLOS will cost between $200 and $300 per mile compared to helicopter flights that cost an average of $1,200 to $1,600 per mile.
One of the top five largest gas and electric utility companies in the U.S. by market value reported that the cost of drone-based VLOS inspection is “extremely competitive with the helicopters” while significantly reducing the risk of fatal accidents.
Another utility company—one that brings electricity and gas to nine million customers each day—operates a self-service model in which linemen are given small multirotor drones in their toolkits, and they fly VLOS to inspect structures without having to climb them, saving time and increasing safety margins.
We’ve built our offerings to scale. From investing in geospatial science expertise to understanding the regulatory environment, we’re able to support a one-time flight or a fully integrated enterprise aerial intelligence program.
The World’s Largest Commercial Drone Pilot Network
More than 15,000 licensed operators are available to fly any site in the United States within 24 to 72 hours.
All our FAA Part 107 certified and insured pilots follow PrecisionHawk’s OSHA-compliant Standard Operating Procedures and an FAA-defined Safety Management System. We also hold an “A” grade from ISNet.
Fast, actionable intelligence
It’s not a PDF or a pile of photos. We offer a web interface with a report you can integrate into your asset management systems.
Leaders in Drone-based Geospatial Science
Our industry-leading team of Ph.D. and remote sensing-accredited geospatial scientists ensure the quality and accuracy of data outcomes.
Experts in Advanced Remote Sensing Hardware
We help you select the best sensor for the job, and understand the unique needs of utilities.
Services and solutions to help you manage your infrastructure
Want to further integrate drones into your preventive maintenance and incident recovery programs? We offer a full suite of services that strengthen the data value chain. The result: You can manage your infrastructure efficiently and effectively.
Colin Snow, Skylogic Research
"We think [PrecisionHawk's recent acquisitions] position the firm as a leading service provider for companies wanting to perform asset inspections—specifically those companies in the oil & gas, insurance, and utility industries that need BVLOS operations."