Cyberhawk Innovations, which specialises in aerial inspection and survey using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), is to set up its first office in the US in Houston, Texas. The company said the decision to open the new office is a result of increasing demand from existing oil and gas customers who want to capitalise on the cost and time savings UAV inspection offers.
Cyberhawk has already undertaken oil and gas inspection work in North America for operators in Canada, and has a number of projects lined up with oil and gas super majors in the US over the coming months.
The company has also made significant progress in other sectors in the US over the last nine months since the launch of its Asset Management Partnership (AMP) programme. AMP is aimed towards powerline, wind and rail industries and combines Cyberhawk’s asset management software, iHawk, with local, on-the-ground skills and experience. Multiple projects have already been completed with selected partners in the USA.
The new Houston office will further bolster these efforts in the US by focusing predominantly on the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry.
The launch follows Cyberhawk’s recent funding injection from Clydesdale Bank, which not only supports international growth plans but also the continued development of Cyberhawk’s work in asset management software.
Craig Roberts, CEO at Cyberhawk, said: “The feedback we have received over the last 12 months has confirmed our understanding, that although there are many UAV operators in the US, few have either the depth or the range of experience and expertise offered by Cyberhawk’s proven oil and gas inspection solutions.
“We have, for example, completed significantly more than 200 live flare inspections on and offshore in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and North America. Clients who have worked with us know that they can trust our highly trained teams to safely capture data and deliver powerful inspection reports.
“Our qualified inspection engineers are also able to have peer to peer conversations with the clients’ inspection professionals before leaving the site, a service which our clients advise us is invaluable.
“Over the coming months, we expect to see significant uptake with operators who are looking for more efficient and cost effective inspection solutions, particularly during this challenging period for the oil and gas industry,” said Roberts.
Cyberhawk’s operations director, Chris Fleming, has spent the last three months in the US undertaking market research and will relocate to Houston permanently, to become general manager for America. The coming months will see Cyberhawk increase staff numbers in the region through a combination of recruitment and mobilisation of UK-based personnel.
Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, Cyberhawk adds the new Houston base to its existing international offices in the Middle East and SE Asia. The company carried out the very first ROAV industrial inspection in 2009 and since then, has completed more than 25 world firsts to date, with blue-chip customers in more than 20 countries on four continents.