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PRESS RELEASE: Discovery Room event on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for offshore asset inspection

Seminar on the role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in offshore asset inspection

 Keynote speaker: James Fairbairn – Cornwall AeroSpace Hub.

Presenters: Tony Fong – UAV Pilot and Project Engineer at ORE Catapult; Owen Murphy – Project Engineer, Turbines at ORE Catapult.

In a recent report by PwC, it was forecast that, by 2030, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones will be worth a massive £42 billion to the UK economy and will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The marine technology and marine renewables industries are set to become leading customers for this fast-evolving new technology.

This free event is aimed at UAV operators in Cornwall and is designed to highlight the important role that UAVs will play in offshore asset inspection and in assessing the structural integrity of offshore installations. (Inspections of wind turbines today are typically carried out by technicians abseiling up and down the blades…)  

James Fairbairn will discuss the role of the Cornwall AeroSpace Hub, its dedicated UAV test facility at Newquay Airport, and the UAV air corridors out into the Atlantic and up to Aberporth in Wales.

Tony Fong and Owen Murphy will detail the role of the ORE Catapult and the development of new guidelines for UAV inspection operations.  

Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead for Wave & Tidal Energy at ORE Catapult says:

“This highly trgeted event is a great opportunity for UAV operators in Cornwall to find out about the exciting business opportunities that will emerge over the coming years in the offshore industry. As well as hearing from leading experts in this growing field, attendees will be invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas to help evolve the guidelines which it is planned will lead to new industry standards.”

Businesses interested in attending this free event should email simon.cheeseman@ore.catapult.org.uk or call Simon on 07834 737250.