Air Control Entech and TRAC Oil & Gas Ltd have formed a new strategic partnership, aiming to combine their respective expertise in UAVs, aviation and inspection.
Kieran Hope, founder and MD of Air Control Entech says “We first met TRAC through the OGTC and we’re delighted to be working together on UAV inspection deployments. Our LiveStream technology is seeing real pull-through in the market and with these joint projects we expect to gain the insight we need to set an R&D direction specific to the Oil & Gas industry. The team and I look forward to working with TRAC to set ever-higher standards of quality and safety for UAV inspection techniques.”
As well as deploying existing UAV inspection technologies, ACE and TRAC will collaborate on further R&D projects designed to engineer inspection-specific UAVs. These UAVs will combine elements of the best technologies in a variety of sectors, with the sole aim of making remote inspection safer and more reliable. Field trials of new technologies will be commencing in the coming months, with results to follow.
Current ACE UAVs developed with OGTC funding have already been trialed successfully by TRAC.
Grant Blackaby, Remote Inspection Systems Project Manager for TRAC, says “our mission is to increase personnel and process safety by utilising robotics and innovative technologies to minimise the exposure to unnecessary risk from working at height through to working within confined space. The partnership with Air Control Entech enables us to offer a valuable technology that previously has not been fully realised in the Oil & Gas industry. This will in turn increase efficiencies and reduce costs in an already financially challenging environment.”
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