Before they catch fire, FirstEnergy using drones to remove protected birds from power poles

Cleveland 19 News, by Dan DeRoos

FirstEnergy has thousands of power poles and distribution towers all over Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Northeast and the osprey loves to build its nest on top of them An osprey can build a full-blown nest of branches, leaves and dried grass in 2 days and start laying eggs according to FirstEnergy Environmental Scientist Amy Ruszala. That nest creates a danger for the birds, their eggs and your power.

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These Drones And Humans Will Work Together In Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

Forbes, by Jennifer Kite-Powell

Drones are increasingly used by emergency organizations to quickly collect reliable data from impacted areas that are unsafe or impossible for humans and other human-crewed vehicles to reach. This data allows response crews to identify which areas require immediate assistance, facilitate search and rescue efforts for survivors and survey damage for future rebuilding and insurance purposes. 

A drone company in North Carolina, PrecisionHawk, is preparing to deploy hundreds of pilots from its drone pilot network, Droners.IO, to respond to insurance claims in the wake of Hurricane Florence the week of September 17, 2018.

“Today, insurers are increasingly using drones for asset inspections, particularly when assessing claims. With drones, insurers can gather data about asset conditions that is unprecedented in precision and objectivity,” said Michael Chasen, CEO, PrecisionHawk. “This practice is transforming the claims cycle, making it faster and safer for adjusters to observe, analyze and assess the damage associated with incidents ranging from one-off accidents to natural disasters.”

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Drone Army Will Help Utility Workers Restore Power After Hurricane Florence

Bloomberg, by Naureen S Malik

With the remnants of Hurricane Florence continuing to deluge the southeastern U.S., a small army of drones is being deployed to identify and fix damage caused by flooding. Drones can find damaged substations, even restring power lines

At least 53 drone teams have been recruited to help with damage assessment, said Brian Reil, a spokesman for Edison Electric Institute, the Washington-based industry group coordinating utility recovery efforts. Each team usually brings more than one drone and the force collectively includes about 100 to 160 operators, he said.

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Drones and the Petroleum Industry: Suzanne Lemieux, American Petroleum Institute (podcast)

Drone Radio Show, hosted by Randy Goers 

How does the petroleum industry use drones? For that question, we turn to Suzanne Lemieux, Manager within the Midstream and Industry Operations unit of the American Petroleum Institute. Suzanne works with API staff and association members to advance policies and practices that enhance the security of oil and natural gas operations and personnel.  Her primary areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness and response; security, rail, natural gas and maritime policy: energy infrastructure advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She is also API’s UAS Lead and works with more than 625 members and external stakeholders in formulating UAS policy. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Suzanne talks about the American Petroleum Institute, the organization’s top UAS priorities and need for safety first in deploying new technologies, like UAS systems.

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Intelligent Drones Push The Boundaries Of Oil And Gas Inspection

Forbes,  By Mark Venables

Drones are not new to industry or the oil and gas sector. They have been used by companies that are offering full-service video, or to capture survey photographs for some time.  However, Renner Vaughn, director of oil and gas at commercial drone operator, Cape, believes that there is a major gap between what companies are hoping for and achieving in the use of drones.

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