Costain sets up framework for drone suppliers

Costain is creating a framework agreement for suppliers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as it seeks to maximise the potential of drone technology.

The contractor said it has used UAVs on several contracts – notably a road construction project in Northern Ireland – and is exploring different ways the drones can provide value. 

“We have been developing an understanding of how and where the technology can deliver projects more efficiently and safely,” said Peter Slater, aerial solutions manager.

Costain said that typical work for a UAV includes: inspection of existing structures, particularly in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations; and surveying large areas, either with standard cameras or more specialised measurement devices such as thermal imaging or light detection and ranging (LIDAR), which can be used for topographical surveys.

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