Sky-Futures wins multi-year global telecoms contract for drone-based tower surveys

Sky-Futures wins multi-year global telecoms contract for drone-based tower surveys

Sky-Futures Partners Ltd (an ICR company) has been awarded a four-year global framework contract for the provision of drone-based cell site surveys by a Scandinavian, multinational network and telecommunications company.

Under the contract, Sky-Futures will be required to support the scope of work on a global scale, using its operational bases in the USA, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia as well as leveraging its ongoing experience conducting drone based operations in 31 countries. The drone-based cell site survey service forms part of the global network build plan supporting the rapid growth in the development of the telecommunications network. As the network grows, so will the number of structures and therefore the requirement for cell site surveys.

Chris Blackford, Sky-Futures CEO, said: “Traditionally, conducting cell site surveys requires a team with several different skill sets and the need to climb the towers. With the introduction of drones, site surveys can now be completed with a much smaller team, collecting high quality data more quickly and more safely.”

Once the data has been collected, Sky-Futures will upload the cell site data into AI (artificial intelligence) enabled cloud software to support the global network build programme. Engineers can then make decisions using the 3D model tower data from a remote desktop without having to incur unnecessary site visits. This not only supports enhanced health and safety but helps reduce costs through improved efficiencies of the global network build programme.

Sky-Futures is already working with tower owners and operators providing cell site surveys and integrity inspections. Maintaining the health of these critical structures is crucial to ensuring smooth operations and reducing the risk of downtime.

With a well-established and respected reputation in the drone-based inspection and survey market, this contract win is another success in the accelerated growth that Sky-Futures has seen since its acquisition by ICR in May 2019. Mr Blackford comments,

We are looking for a full time Project Manager to join the Sky-Futures team

We are looking for a full time Project Manager to join the Sky-Futures team

The Project Manager will provide support to the Sky Futures operational functions in order to facilitate activities both in the UK and abroad. This will be through engagement with the Sky-Futures BD/Sales Team and Operations Team. This will involve following the Sky-Futures’ Project Cycle to ensure delivery of projects in accordance with SOPs.

Engaging with client contacts to coordinate and manage any opportunities that have been won in order to confirm relevant dates and locations for specified activities. The Project Manager will support permit and legislation applications to relevant authorities to ensure all Sky-Futures activities are compliant with local regulations as well as work with the Training Operations Standards Manager to allocate teams to task (in deconfliction with other ongoing or scheduled activities). To coordinate and manage logistical movements of personnel and equipment, operational effectiveness and smooth allocation which will provide the foundations to Sky-Futures’ on going and future success.

The role reports to the Operations Director – ICR Sky-Futures.

The main tasks involved in the role are:

  • Support the delivery and implementation of Sky-Futures managed service both in the UK and internationally;
  • Work with Training and Operations Standards Manager (TOSM) to assign manpower and equipment to Sky-Futures pipeline;
  • Undertake any operational based research in order to constantly improve procedures and capabilities;
  • Complete any task specific paperwork and documentation requested by client to undertake the task;
  • Liaise with ICR travel and logistics contacts to ensure suitable arrangements are made for personnel and equipment;
  • Write or update operational documentation (in support of Operations Director);
  • Support the Sky-Futures Safety Management System, QA/QC functions and ISO 9001:2015 approvals.

 The successful applicant will have the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure operational efficiency;
  • Responsible for ensuring that all opportunities and projects are completed in accordance with the timelines and specifications agreed with the client;
  • Responsible for ensuring adherence to regulations and legislation in the countries that Sky-Futures operate in;
  • Provide link between Sky-Futures sales and operational teams.

 The successful applicant should have the following:

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent IT and reporting skills especially in Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills (both internal and external)
  • Project Management skills, Prince 2 or equivalent a bonus
  • Strong ability to manage multiple priorities and multi-task
  • Solution driven individual
  • Team player
  • Strong sense of initiative, drive and enthusiasm
  • Positive attitude and outlook
  • A full driving license
  • Prior experience working with customs and logistics would be preferable

How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a covering letter to the HR Department at HRSupport@icr-world.com.
If you have any queries or require further information, please get in contact on the above email address

We Are Recruiting A BVLOS Remote Pilot

We Are Recruiting A BVLOS Remote Pilot

We are looking for a full-time BVLOS Remote Pilot to join our Sky Futures business.

Sky-Futures has been building its Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) strategy and capability for over 2 years and are now in a position to launch it to the commercial market. In-house, we have significant BVLOS expertise and experience, however are looking to add to that with an additional BVLOS Remote Pilot (RP).

This is a really exciting new role in one of the world’s best known and established drone service providers. The BVLOS RP role offers someone the chance to come in to Sky-Futures and help establish a new service for us and our customers. Come and help Sky-Futures build a world leading BVLOS managed service.

The role reports to the Sky-Futures Training and Operational Standards Manager (TOSM) and will be based at our office in Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire. As well as pilot duties you will also work closely with the TOSM, BVLOS Project Co-ordinator and Sales team to support the development of this new business line. One of your first roles will be supporting the creation and implementation of new BVLOS processes and procedures.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Working with customers all over the world
  • Client liaison to support the integration of this new service
  • National Aviation Authority (the regulator) liaison
  • Safety case input and development
  • Project planning and execution
  • Document writing, control and management
  • Drone equipment management, monitoring and tracking

The successful applicant will have the following:

  • Previous fixed wing BVLOS experience including time spent as an RP inside a GCS equipped with an artificial horizon
  • Minimum of 100 logged fixed wing BVLOS hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) with a fixed wing drone (>20 Kg MTOW)
  • Ability to travel, sometimes at short notice
  • Happy to be deployed remotely for up to 4-weeks at a time
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with commercial or military drone operations, vehicle and sensor assembly, telemetry radios, R/C transmitters, video downlinks, or general drone field troubleshooting
  • Flexible, dynamic and able to adapt quickly to ever changing requirements in an operational environment
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills, with a high attention to detail
  • A valid driving license
  • Permission to live and work in UK

The followings skills are desired but not essential:

  • Experience with drone operations as PIC or sensor operator
  • Direct commercial flight operations experience e.g. PPL
  • Experience of being deployed to foreign countries and remote locations
  • Working in a small team out of a vehicle
  • Previous operational experience with BVLOS operations for long linear structures, wide area surveys and government/military applications

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a covering letter to the HR Department at HRSupport@icr-world.com.

If you have any queries or require further information, please get in contact on the above email address.

New partnership between Global Energy Group and Sky-Futures to bring advanced UAV inspection service to energy industry

We Are Recruiting A BVLOS Remote Pilot

Sky-Futures USA are recruiting new UAS pilots…

We are looking for UAS Pilots to join our US team on both full time and contractor basis

Our US office is growing and we are looking for pilots to come and join the team. Sky-Futures is a long-established, global UAS service company with offices in the UK, USA, Norway, Middle East, and South East Asia. With UAS service experience in over 30 countries, we are one of the world’s leading UAS service providers.

UAS Pilots – US (Contract)

Sky-Futures is hiring experienced UAS pilots for contract operations in and around the United States. Candidates will be professional, motivated self-starters willing to travel for projects in and around their area, or across the country.

Part 107 certified with documented UAS experience is mandatory. Experience working individually or in small teams and an ability to work under pressure in urban and rural environments is highly desirable.

Training and equipment will be provided. The most qualified pilots will have the potential for moving into a full-time company position.

Role:

  • UAS pilots for inspection and data collection projects in a range of different industrial markets.
  • Projects will be within the United States.
  • Risk Assessment, Flight Planning, and Data Management.
  • Working with Sky-Futures and Client personnel to deliver high-quality data in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Properly maintaining, preparing, and deploying UAS and ancillary equipment for mission completion.
  • Collecting, submitting, and record-keeping of all data.
  • Safe and procedure led UAS operations.

Candidate:

  • Self-sufficient and motivated with experience of working in dynamic environments where safety and professionalism are paramount.
  • Flexibility and the ability to deploy to project location at short notice for up to weeks at a time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a team or individually.
  • Must possess FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate with sUAS Rating and show knowledge of FAA regulations.
  • High level of operational professionalism and safe working practices.
  • Ability to work with high levels of independence in complex environments.
  • Motivated self-starter and pragmatic problem solver.
  • Computer and technology literate.

Requirements:

  • Valid FAA Part 107 Certificate.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Must have own transportation capable of accessing project locations (some may be remote).

 

UAS Pilots – US (Full-Time)

Sky-Futures is hiring experienced drone pilots, supervisors, and instructors for operations in and around the United States. Candidates will be professional, motivated self-starters willing to travel for projects in and around their area, or across the country.

Part 107 certified with documented UAS experience is mandatory. Experience working individually, on small teams, and in a management or instructor role with an ability to work under pressure in urban and rural environments is highly desirable.

Training and equipment will be provided.

Role:

  • UAS pilots for various inspection and data collection projects.
  • Projects will be within the United States.
  • Risk Assessment, Flight Planning, and Data Management.
  • Working with Sky-Futures and Client personnel to deliver high-quality data in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Properly maintaining, preparing, and deploying UAS and peripheral equipment for mission completion.
  • Collecting, submitting, and record-keeping of all data.
  • Training, supervising, and managing contract pilots and collected data.
  • Record keeping of all project activities and delivering reports to management.
  • An additional secondary role may be allocated depending on the experience and skill sets of the individual.

Candidate:

  • Self-sufficient and motivated with experience of working in dynamic environments where safety and professionalism are paramount.
  • Flexibility and the ability to deploy to project location at short notice for up to weeks at a time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a team or individually.
  • Must possess FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate with sUAS Rating and show knowledge of FAA regulations.
  • High level of operational professionalism and safe working practices.
  • Ability to work with high levels of independence in complex environments.
  • Motivated self-starter and pragmatic problem solver.
  • Computer and technology literate.
  • Ability to document project data and deliver reports to management.

Requirements:

  • Valid FAA Part 107 Certificate.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Must have own transportation capable of accessing project locations (some may be remote).

The main tasks involved in the role are:

  • Safe Procedural Operation of rotary and fixed-wing UAS in close proximity of critical infrastructure.
  • Deploy (sometimes at short notice) to both onshore and offshore installations via helicopter, vessel or road.
  • Ability to follow strict operational procedures at all times.
  • Alongside Inspection Engineers, deliver safety critical inspections within set time frames while always maintaining the safety of the team and UAS.
  • Prepare Risk Assessments, Method Statements, and detailed Flight Plans.
  • Assisting in the maintenance and preparation of UAS.
  • Client liaison.

Opportunities for both Full Time and Contractor staff. Please indicate in the application which is preferred. If both, please state.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and a covering letter to hiring_usa@sky-futures.com

New partnership between Global Energy Group and Sky-Futures to bring advanced UAV inspection service to energy industry

 

OSRL strengthens oil spill response with Sky-Futures’ UAV service

OSRL strengthens oil spill response with Sky-Futures’ UAV service

For immediate release – Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL), the world’s largest international spill response organisation has recently teamed up with Sky-Futures, a global provider of drone-based inspection services to strengthen its spill response services using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drone) as a surveillance/reconnaissance tool for oil spill.

The initiative will bring OSRL’s spill response expertise together with Sky-Futures’ industry-leading UAV-flying skills to deliver better response capabilities and shorten mobilisation time. The partnership will focus on the provision of UAV cutting-edge technology and good practice approaches when dealing with oil spills.

The partnership with Sky-Futures will offer a cost-effective and reactive solution in the event of a spill for our members. We have already identified a range of scenarios where UAVs would provide a notable advantage over existing approaches, including providing support for containment and recovery operations, shoreline surveys, post-treatment inspections or site security, to name just a few. One of the major benefits of UAVs relates to creating HSE advantages and cost efficiencies within almost every area of operation. For example, if you are conducting a shoreline survey, it would typically take a team up to an hour to survey one kilometre. The UAV can scan that same area in minutes and, through its unique sensors and availability to reach difficult to access areas, provide additional information that a physical team would struggle to detect from land.

James Pringle

Senior Response Specialist, Oil Spill Response Limited

The two partners have taken part in an oil spill response exercise led by OSRL in Southampton last year to demonstrate the capability of UAVs to perform preliminary survey assessments in the event of an oil spill. During the exercise, the team also tested the capacity to launch, recover, and operate an UAV from an offshore vessel.

We are delighted to offer OSRL members a significant reduction in incident response times. UAVs have proved advantageous in many areas that are logistically challenging, offering a cost-effective alternative to conventional manned and satellite platforms. We can provide a comprehensive overview of the extent of the oil spill, reduce human risks, increase operational flexibility and improve the efficiency of collecting crucial data during an emergency response situation

James Harrison

CEO, Sky-Futures

About Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is the largest international industry-funded cooperative. It exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, providing preparedness, response and intervention services. OSRL is wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies around the globe, and its membership represents the majority of the world’s oil production. It currently employs 275 people across nine locations around the world.

For more information visit the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) website

About Sky-Futures

Since 2009, Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. This expertise, operational knowledge and experience have been employed to develop ground-breaking software, sensor and technology solutions for the drone-based industrial inspection market. This leading-edge technology is being used today by clients looking to harness the power of drone-driven data collection and analysis.

Sky-Futures’ end-to-end enterprise solutions including training packages, services and software solutions enable enterprises to perform safe and cost-effective drone inspections of a variety of vertical infrastructures, including but not limited to the following industries: Oil and Gas; Renewables; Utilities; Power and Civil Engineering.
Sky-Futures is operating in 27 countries with customers in the UK, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, North America, and Africa. The business is headquartered in London with offices in Houston, TX in the USA, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Aberdeen in Scotland.

For more information visit the Sky-Futures website

Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review [Infographic]

Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review [Infographic]

2018 was a busy year for the Sky-Futures team.

We have partnered with…

Secured major contract with…

BW Offshore, a global owner and operator of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

Best-in-class software

Our AI-powered Asset Management, Data Analytics and Reporting software Inspection² is used by global industrial organisations…

We were featured in…

Travelled the world

We ran operations in 5 continents and 13 countries in 2018.

Presented at industry events

We were invited to speak and exhibit at many events in 2018:

Our popular Tech Insights Webinars

attended and watched by hundreds…

We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2019. Stay tuned!
Click on image to download Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review infographic in PDF
Sky-Futures chooses XD4SOLUTIONS as delivery partner in Brazil for advanced industrial inspection

Sky-Futures chooses XD4SOLUTIONS as delivery partner in Brazil for advanced industrial inspection

We are pleased to announce our partnership with XD4SOLUTIONS, the leading Brazilian UAV operator to offer end-to-end industrial inspection services and software to a wide range of industries in Brazil.

A core part of the strategy for Sky-Futures is the focus on a local first approach. The partnership will offer existing and new customers Sky-Futures’ world-class services, training and software, with XD4SOLUTIONS local support and experience.

XD4SOLUTIONS come from a manned aviation background which shows in their professional approach to project delivery and safety. Having XD4SOLUTIONS as our delivery partner in Brazil provides a local suite of services that deliver cost-saving and time-efficient solutions. The capability combines drones, experienced inspectors and  Inspection² Artificial Intelligence-powered data platform and data analytics tools.

James Harrison

CEO and Co-founder, Sky-Futures

The partnership has seen XD4SOLUTIONS remote pilots and inspection engineers trained by Sky-Futures experienced instructors over the last 6 months, with in-country support and mentoring. In this short time, Sky-Futures and XD4SOLUTIONS integrated teams have already successfully executed various inspection scopes together, including on an offshore FPSO for Modec de Brazil.
It is a great pleasure for XD4SOLUTIONS to be partnered with Sky-Futures. We see Sky-Futures as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. We have a well-known background providing services to some major Brazilian Industries. There will be no doubt that this partnership will provide high-level professional services to the increasing demand of the South American market. Pierre Verardi

CEO, XD4SOLUTIONS

About XD4SOLUTIONS

XD4SOLUTIONS, located in the Brazilian city of Vitoria, is a UAV Operator which provides professional inspections using drones in external and confined areas, as well as maintenance support. To keep assets functioning properly, they aim at close to zero shutdown time for those inspected units. XD4SOLUTIONS’ Technical Staff are composed of Engineers working on the inspections and analysis, along with experienced Offshore helicopter pilots, acting as UAV operators. With more than 15 years of heli operations on the field each, XD4SOLUTIONS pilots have logged thousands of take-offs and landings on several vessels, bringing and adding valuable expertise to our UAV Offshore & Onshore segment.

For more information visit the XD4SOLUTIONS website

Sky-Futures speak and exhibit at the Commercial UAV Show 2018

Sky-Futures speak and exhibit at the Commercial UAV Show 2018

The Sky-Futures team will be attending the Commercial UAV Show on November 14-15, 2018 in Excel, London.

At the conference, Sky-Futures’ CRTO Nick Rogers will be speaking on “The future of UTM systems – How will we be controlling drones of the future?” on November 15, 2018. The expert panel will explore innovative Collision Avoidance Systems and spatial awareness technologies and give insight on the Ground-breaking UAV Traffic Management systems.

If you are attending the show, come and meet us at stand 11 in the exhibition area, next to the VIP networking space.

This is a great opportunity to speak to our team and get expert advice, as well as get your hands on our ground-breaking drone industrial inspection software Expanse and learn more about how it can benefit your business.

About The Commercial UAV Show

The Commercial UAV Show is Europe’s largest exhibition and conference for commercial UAV professionals. Celebrating its 5th year in 2018, the Commercial UAV Show brings together people from across Europe and beyond.

The 5th annual exhibition will display the latest in aircraft manufacturing, materials, systems, platforms, components, service companies, etc., providing an all-round knowledge on this multi-industry revolutionising technology.

The conference focuses on how to create the UAVs and systems of tomorrow and how to make them lighter, fly longer, and be more reliable. It will also cover key topics such as autonomy, data management and integration, AI – deep learning and cognitive thinking, enterprise solutions and so much more.

For more information visit the event website

Sky-Futures in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tech Radar

Sky-Futures in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tech Radar

Sky-Futures is proud to be featured in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Technology Radar August 2018.

Each month the Bloomberg Digital Industry team publish a review of projects, partnerships, product launches, policy and fundraising, scanning the technology industry for innovation that will impact the future of industries including electricity, oil & gas, mining and manufacturing. It provides a review of news and fundraising from the previous month to give readers a view on current trends. It will also look to the future by providing an analysis of the potential impact of new technologies, business models, startups and investor strategy. This month’s publication focuses on the applications and technology of industrial drones.

About Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bloomberg NEF / BNEF) is Bloomberg’s primary research service, covers clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials and commodities.

With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies.

Available online, on mobile and on the Terminal, BNEF is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 176 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day.

For more information visit the BNEF website