Cyberhawk’s drone software selected to digitize US petrochemical complex

Cyberhawk's visual asset management software utilized for construction of petrochemical complex. Image: Cyberhawk Innovations Limited

Cyberhawk has been awarded a three-year contract by an unnamed oil and gas supermajor to provide a digital asset management solution during the construction of its U.S. petrochemical complex.

The software provides a digitized view of drone (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles) captured data such as orthophotos, spherical images, 3D point cloud models and videos collected on-site on a weekly basis.

The main construction phase of the project is already underway, which involves the construction of processing units, cooling towers, rail and truck loading facilities, water treatment plant, office buildings and laboratory at the new petrochemical site.

Cyberhawk said it was chosen to provide drone content management and distribution services based on its visual asset management software, iHawk.

The intuitive, cloud-based software has been developed to host inspection and survey data from various sources and has industry specific solutions for the wind, utilities, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.

For this project, iHawk Construction is providing stakeholders with an up-to-date, at-a-glance visual overview of the project at any given time and from anywhere in the world.

Unlike similar asset management software solutions in the market, the operator was impressed with iHawk’s high level of adaptability and deep industry focus, Cyberhawk said. This meant the software could be customized to meet the client’s detailed requirements, which was a crucial factor in its decision.

iHawk is now being used by hundreds of engineers, designers, managers and consultants involved in the construction project, in various entities across four continents. It is already proving its worth by improving safety, tracking progress and improving decision making on the complex construction project, said the Livingston, Scotland-based company.

The iHawk solution has been specifically developed to grow as the project progresses, creating a central repository of project information which can be referenced throughout construction as well as once the plant is live.

"Since launching iHawk in 2014, we have significantly invested in ongoing development to create a world-leading digital asset management solution. Data has become crucial part of the energy sector and whilst collecting detailed information is important, how we use this data to create efficiencies is real objective,” Chris Fleming, Cyberhawk CEO, said in a statement.