RPS Risk Management has embraced the rapidly expanding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market by opening a dedicated UAS Risk Management office in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
A rapidly increasing number of industries now acknowledge that the use of UAS for tasks such as inspections, survey, and aerial photography can dramatically reduce time and costs over that of using traditional methods. A proportion of these savings can be passed to the client giving those companies operating “drones” a more competitive edge in the market place whilst increasing profitability.
With increasingly sophisticated technology on the market unmanned aircraft are now being used in highly complex, densely populated or high risk environments. Unmanned systems can be used where there is too high a risk for humans such as a chemical environment or where access is severely restricted such as inspecting oil rigs or industrial structures. Increasingly, UAS are being used to survey large bodies of water or areas of conservation that traditionally would have required helicopter support or a large team on the surface. Improved sensor technology also means that applications can range from 3D modelling/mapping, crop monitoring (precision agriculture), pollution control, or for use as a communications relay. The possibilities are endless.
The RPS Risk Management UAS office has been established to service internal RPS Business Streams and external companies by providing safety and risk management support for all UAS operations. We can guide you through the regulation, administration and risks of using unmanned platforms from initial concepts of use to daily operations and through life.
RPS Risk Management UAS can provide:
Advice on whether UAS could be an option for your business.
Guidance on the route to achieve safe and compliant flying in accordance with national regulations.
Advice and support on appropriate training for potential operators.
Guidance on the production of mandatory regulatory documentation.
Advice on contracting external UAS providers if an “in house” solution is not for you.
The Ports and Harbours team of RPS Belfast are utilising UAS to support structural inspections and provide record video footage and photography of elements from angles and elevations which could not be safely or economically obtained by other methods. “The Ports and Harbours team are continuing to expand on the use of this technology both as an internal resource and an external service to our clients” says RPS Project Engineer Eamonn Magee from our Belfast office.
It was considered by the team that this technology; which has undergone recent and rapid development, would be of great assistance when inspecting marine structures from above water level providing additional detail from unique perspectives. UAS technology allows extensive and time efficient inspection without the need for mobilisation of marine plant and operatives.
Examples of usage include:
Inspection of rock armour revetments (>400m length), Co. Wicklow (which cannot be safely accessed or easily photographed from ground level)
Extensive inspection of revetment and coastal defense structures (with limited shore connection); North Bull wall, Dublin Port.
Construction record images of a reclamation project at Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Capture of record images detailing current condition of a storm damaged pier, Co. Antrim.
In addition to supporting the UAS operator, RPS Risk Management UAS is also a key player in the international UAS arena providing pragmatic and proportional advice to regulators, design organisations and operators. We are also the Independent Safety Auditors of choice for the MoD providing safety and risk management advice on the seven highest profile military unmanned aircraft systems in use or in procurement. With an eighteen year track record in the UAS industry RPS Risk Management UAS has developed a core team of experts that can provide safety assurance support for any UAS operation.
If you would like to understand more about what we do or would like to see if UAS could be a solution in your business area then please contact us or click here to visit our website.